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Ten thousand join tropical party for Highgate Fair in the Square, the festival George Michael used to love.

PUBLISHED: 15:45 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 19 June 2017

Children enjoy games and fairground rides. Picture: DAVE MILNER

Children enjoy games and fairground rides. Picture: DAVE MILNER

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Around ten thousand revellers descended on Highgate’s Pond Square to enjoy a tropical-themed day of food and entertainment at Fair in the Square on Saturday.

The fair began in 1744 with a pig-throwing contest but has now grown into celebration of local crafts, organisations and entertainment which attracts visitors from across London.

Stilt walkers, the Hornsey School for Girls steel band, Channing school cheerleaders, St Josephs School Choir and Highgate ballet school were among the local performers who entertained the crowds last weekend.

There was also a Punch and Judy and a Sheep show.

As reported in the Ham&High, before his tragic death, popstar and local philanthropist George Michael was one of the largest secret sponsors of the celebration.

This year, the event was sponsored by the Ham&High along with Camden Council, local branches of estate agents Day Morris, Benhams and Reeves, Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward, Streathers Solicitors, The Highgate Society and Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution who were all given certificates of thanks.

Veronica Day, who chairs The Fair in the Square, said: “There was a really good local feel this year and we saw more Highgate businesses and groups wanting to take part alongside our regular charities, societies and traders.

“Miraculously the weather lived up to this year’s “Tropical” theme, so there was a constant flow of people all day with no big rushes between rain showers.

“ It was one of the best attended and we estimate at least 10,000 came to the fair.”

“It was great that the The Fair was able to bring our community together - and with everyone relaxed in the sun and able to enjoy the day at a leisurely pace.”

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