CBeebies favourite Mister Maker proved to be a top booking for a summer fete in Sywell.
More than 3,000 people went along to the grand summer fete held at Igloo Books in Sywell on Saturday.
Attractions included JCB rides, bouncy castles, coconut shies, a dog show, live jazz and soul music and a First World War flypast among the entertainment.
But the star attraction for many was Mister Maker who showed off his craft wizardry to the crowds, and also signed copies of his new book.
Among the visitors was five-year-old Harry Burke, of Broughton, who has autism and epilepsy. The Rothwell Victoria Infant School pupil is a very big fan of Mister Maker and Igloo Books allowed him to meet Mister Maker in his dressing room. Harry’s mum Penny said: “It was a dream come true for him.”
There was also wine and beer tasting, cake stalls and street dance performances from Suzanne Street Dance, alongside traditional games and activities, a tombola and raffle.
The day was held to raise money for Children with Cancer UK, and every child who attended the fete was given a free book.
The event proved to be so popular the organisers had to reluctantly close the gates for safety reasons.
John Styring, CEO of Igloo Books, said: “We were thrilled to welcome more than 3,000 people to spend their Saturday afternoon with us, helping to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK.
“We really could not have wished for a better event.
“The sun shone, CBeebies’ Mister Maker showed off his craft wizardry, JCBs were driven, games were played and prizes won.
“It was a fantastic event, part of our year-long fund-raising commitment to Children with Cancer UK.
“The turnout for this event was unprecedented.
“I’m only sorry that not everyone who came to join in the fun could make it in to the event itself.
“Next year we are looking into running the event on a larger site and we are also looking into the use of ticketing options to avoid any disappointment.
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to the residents of Sywell for welcoming our guests into their village, and to everyone who attended the fete, we really appreciate your support, and we know Children with Cancer UK does too. Roll on 2014.”