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Glorious sunshine beamed down on Stansted's historic windmill for its annual bank holiday fete.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Mill Fields monument in record-breaking temperatures to enjoy an array of attractions.

The fun spilled over onto Recreation Ground, where children were greeted by inflatable bouncy castles in all shapes and sizes, including a helter skelter.

Stansted Windmill and Recreation Ground, Stansted. Annual fete. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (15755133)
Stansted Windmill and Recreation Ground, Stansted. Annual fete. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (15755133)

There were also dodgem cars, roundabouts, a bungee trampoline and the ever-popular train of cars in which little ones were towed around the park by a quad bike.

The fete is Stansted Millers' biggest fund-raiser of the year, with money collected going towards the 200-year-old mill's upkeep.

Its doors were open to enable visitors to learn about its history and climb the steep wooden stairs inside to the top of the structure.

Stansted Windmill and Recreation Ground, Stansted. Annual fete. Parachuting teddies. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (15755101)
Stansted Windmill and Recreation Ground, Stansted. Annual fete. Parachuting teddies. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (15755101)

But perhaps the most popular fund-raiser of the day was children paying £1 to watch their favourite teddy be winched up the outside of the mill and then dropped from the top with a parachute on! Each child and their bear received a special certificate to mark the adventure.

"It's more of a teddy bear hurtle as the parachutes don't always work, but the children love it," said Stansted Millers treasurer Richard Thomas.

Tea and cakes, ice creams and plenty of cold drinks kept the crowds refreshed as they browsed a selection of stalls and were entertained by the Stansted Mountfitchet Strummers.

Mr Thomas said afterwards that attendance was lower than in previous years – most likely the heat keeping some people away – but they were expecting to raise nearly £4,000, which he said "represented a slight increase on last year". Work gets under way on Monday (2 September) to begin repointing the brickwork.

"It was a fun day and people seemed to enjoy it, so broadly speaking it was a success," added Mr Thomas.



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