Sandford’s celebrations to mark the 90th birthday of HM The Queen, got off to a great start with the Sandford Royal Street Market in and around Church Street. As the weather was unhelpful the organisers, much like the EU Referendum, had to make up their minds IN (inside the Parish Hall) or OUT (outside). In the end the OUT majority won and it was a showery day. The sun did shine in time for the Opening of the Street Market by Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, the Honourable Mrs Elizabeth d’Erlanger who praised Sandford for planning such a great weekend. She was introduced by the Crediton Town Crier Kevin Payne. The Chairman of Mid Devon District Council Cllr John Daw and Mrs Daw were also in attendance. There were many stalls and the highlight was a Fairground Organ playing in the Square and the first appearance of the Sandford Orchards Lorry ‘Old Garge’ introduced by Barney Butterfield. Saturday evening saw a Family Ceilidh and on Sunday a celebration service at St Swithins followed by a Bring and Share Lunch at Sandford Parish Hall. The celebrations ended with a Loyal Toast by Barney Butterfield in Sandford Orchards Cider specially brewed for the occasion.
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