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Bumper year for St Keverne ox roast: PICTURES
7:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
It was a bumper year for St Keverne Ox Roast which raised more money than ever before.
More than £8,000 was taken during last Wednesday’s event, which is St Keverne Band’s biggest fundraiser.
This year, organisers took the decision not to close off the square to traffic, which helped bring more visitors into the village.
Here they enjoyed the usual selection of stalls, fairground rides and games, such as a coconut shy, and with a display in the church hall by the St Keverne History Society.
The ox roast was set up in front of the church and carried out, as always, by the village butchers J Retallack and Sons.
As is tradition, the first couple of slices of beef were auctioned off and the bidding proved good-natured, yet fierce.
The first slice eventually went for £260 to St Keverne parish councillor Russell Peters, who until May was the long-standing chairman.
During the afternoon there was music from all three sections of St Keverne Band, with local group Loose Change taking on the mantle in the evening.
Band chairman Caroline Hosken described it as a “lovely day,” saying: “The weather helped enormously. A big thank you to everybody who came and supported us.”
She thanked everybody who had played a part in the day, adding: “It takes so much organisation, this day, beforehand and afterwards clearing up. Thank you to everybody who helped out and we’re also indebted to a lot of people that gave their services, premises and equipment.”
All the money raised will go to band funds, to cover the ever-increasing costs of insurance and ensure new members will always be able to join. The band provides instruments, uniforms and music to all members that need them, so that it is open to all.
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