Millennium Green fun day is hailed a success

By Sam Acourt in Entertainment

Singers and 1,000 ducks helped turn Buckfastleigh’s annual Millennium Green fun day into another community success.

The Liberty Sisters trio supplied the songs and music for the event as they entertained the crowds with an upbeat performance of wartime tunes and some more modern classics with their vocal harmonies.

And the afternoon culminated in the popular Millenn­ium Green duck race, as about 1,000 of the plastic ducks were released into the River Mardle for what turned out to be a relatively speedy race this year to the finish line beside the green.

Fun day co-ordinator Trefor Jones said: “Once again, I believe that both the trust and all our dedicated volunteers have served up another great fun day for the town and I would like to thank everyone who has the supported the event and contributed to its success.”

As well as a variety of family friendly activities, games and stalls, visitors were also able to enjoy some succulent treats at the barbecue, as well as some delicious refreshments at the orchard’s recently refurbished coffee house.

The Buckfastleigh branch of the Royal British Legion also paid a visit to the fair, not only as a sponsor to the Liberty Sisters performance, but they also brought along a beautifully preserved army Jeep for visitors to admire.

During the afternoon, organisers were also delighted to welcome young student Max Hammond, who eagerly participated all afternoon in a Dartmoor National Park scheme to encourage residents and visitors to keep the area tidy, by cleaning up discarded rubbish and keeping the green clean.

Mr Jones added: “The team looks forward to bringing another great event in 2018 and plans will be put into place shortly, so please do keep an eye out for further information and do get in contact if you would like to come and contribute to the success of next year’s summer afternoon of fun in the sun.”

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