Celebratory event at Dove Cottage brings in the crowds

Time for tea and cake for the New St.George Morris Dancers 
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Time for tea and cake for the New St.George Morris Dancers PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-160516-163716001
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Hundreds of people turned up to Dove Cottage’s summer fete held on Sunday.

The celebratory event marked the Stathern hospice’s 20th anniversary and the day started with a family dog show organised by Judith Daws.

Hairdressers Georgina Steward and Nicola Croft go to work on Hazel Bonshor and Sally-Ann Watson 
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Hairdressers Georgina Steward and Nicola Croft go to work on Hazel Bonshor and Sally-Ann Watson PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-160516-163653001

There were numerous attractions, stalls and arena events held during the day.

Amanda George, fundraising administrator for Dove Cottage said: “We had a really lovely afternoon raising £5,500 from the fete, head shave and prize draw.”

Entertainment included have a go archery by the Belvoir Archers, a performance from Stathern Primary School Choir, Shetland ponies, a display from the Defence Animal Centre’s working dogs and a performance from New St George Morris Dancers. Melton Fire Service also attended with their fire appliance.

She added: “The family dog show attracted 70 entries which raised £266. Thanks must also go to Notcutts - Wheatcroft Garden Centre who donated plants for us to sell, the Melton Belvoir Rotary Club for marshalling, and to all the volunteers.”

Hazel Bonshor, Denise Kemp, Sally-Ann Watson and David Garland show off their bald heads 
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Hazel Bonshor, Denise Kemp, Sally-Ann Watson and David Garland show off their bald heads PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-160516-163704001

Four brave people also had their heads shaved on the day to raise extra funds.

Dove Cottage staff Amanda George and Chris Gatfield meet up with Winnie the Pooh 
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Dove Cottage staff Amanda George and Chris Gatfield meet up with Winnie the Pooh PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-160516-163640001

Scott StClair and Denise Baker enjoy ice cream with their miniature Shetlands Norman and Nancy 
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Scott StClair and Denise Baker enjoy ice cream with their miniature Shetlands Norman and Nancy PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-160516-163728001