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Pictures: Jester Festival in Fortune Green enjoys 45th year

PUBLISHED: 13:45 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:58 03 July 2017

Families enjoy the Teddy Bears Picnic    Picture Polly Hancock

Families enjoy the Teddy Bears Picnic Picture Polly Hancock

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Hundreds of revellers attended the 45th annual Jester Festival celebrations over the weekend.

The event, at Fortune Green, over Saturday and Sunday, saw live music, children’s rides and a climbing wall provide fun for all the family.

Stalls included arts and crafts, bric-à-brac, books, homemade baked goods, potted plants, and mouth-watering international food.

The festival was officially opened by Mayor of Camden Richard Cotton and Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq also attended..

Among those at the event was Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife Nazanin is in jail in Iran and daughter remains trapped in Tehran being looked after by her grandparents.

Mr Ratcliffe, of Fortune Green manned a Free Nazanin campaign stall where visitors could sign the petition to bring his wife home, make an origami tulip for Nazanin. He also showed off a carving and a necklace made by his wife in jail.

The free festival saw a stage with performances from Hampstead School Choir, The West Hampstead School of Dance and Band Doctor Schwamp. There was a Dog Lounge, football, face painting and the circus skills and balloons from the Showoffs Circus Schoo.

There was an old-fashioned funfair, painting and storytelling to entertain children.

THere was also a raffle and the festivities concluded with a live DJ set.

Organiser Cllr Flick Rea, who has been involved with the Fortune Green Jester Festival since its inception some 45 years ago, said the event had been a great success. “There was a wonderful community feel. You have people who came to the first festivals now bringing their kids and grandkids, so there’s a lovely sense that the event is passing down the generations.”

Cllr Rea added that the organising committee should be in a position to make a donation from the profits to the Grenfell Tower fund.

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