Dear Labour Friends,
If like me you had been looking forward to the summer fete, you would have been glad to see the sun shining this morning. We set up early, a great team working to make the stalls look great, and despite the wind, the sun shone, the customers began to roll in, and showed interest and generosity in their buying and participation in the goods from stalls and tombolas! The day looked set for fair! But it was still early...
Just after twelve, the sky grew dark; rain began to lash down and pour out of the clouds which suddenly gathered overhead. Thunder rolled round Teignmouth, and the winds rose incredibly, in huge gusts! The stall gazebos began to collapse, and the valiant teams held on to them until one lifted off the ground, and flew over, taking two people over with it! Goods on the stalls got soaked; there wasn't time to get anything under cover. People slipped over but survived! Cakes and clothes and bric a brac shone in the rain and blew off tables. The tables blew over, and the remaining goods rolled off into the mud! It was like the set of a disaster movie...we looked around and knew we were beaten.
The little team worked on in the semi darkness of the storm, to clear the chaos, and pack up, ending up soaked through to underwear and beyond. I cannot say how proud I was of them all. No one grumbled and through the gale you could hear laughter and shouts of encouragement, and from some of the public who stopped and helped. We felt like tears, but despite all of this, I am pleased to say we covered our costs, and made a small profit of just over £200. This was incredible given the circumstances and I want to thank the people who donated goods, and that special team of people who were there on the day helping with stalls and keeping spirits high.
We had hoped to make so much more, and so I am going to take a shot and ask if you would consider helping us by giving a small donation to the CLP to make the fete more successful. We need at least £6000 if a snap election is called, as this is what it cost us last time. If we were to be even more successful, buy more leaflets, posters and Labour garden posts, we need more. If you donate a small amount, it would make us all on the fete team feel the day had ended in glory instead of feeling cold, tired and wet, and just a little disappointed that our efforts had gone for only a small profit.
Please, if you feel you could do this, go to the Newton Abbot Constituency Labour Party Page, http://www.newtonabbotlabour.org.uk/ and click on DONATE. The sun will then truly have shone on our rather disastrous fete!
Again, a huge thanks to you, and to those who were present through wind and rain, helping us on the Den today!
Vice Chair of Newton Abbot Constituency Labour Party