Plums aplenty at Padfield party

Judging of the plum pies at Padfield Plum Fair.
Judging of the plum pies at Padfield Plum Fair.

Padfield had two reasons to celebrate on Sunday: the 20th anniversary of the annual plum fair and the release of a book on the village by residents.

The day, which started at 1pm at the recreation ground, featured all the usual fun such as the plum pie competition and grand draw, the Padfield Scamper fell race and the finale of the famous Redgate coal race.

There was also a tug of war, a floral competition between households and a children’s model garden contest.

While ‘Portrait of Padfield’, a history of the village by the residents association, on sale at the fair, proved to be a great success as all 200 copies were bought.

Chair of the association, Janis Birchall, who collated the book and helped organise the anniversary celebration, said: “This year was a bit special. We tried to bring back the older events from when it started. We ordered fine weather and it was a great day.”

Jack Vose, Becky Miller, and the Glossopdale Carriers team, were triumphant in the gruelling coal races, while Joe Bleaden and Molly Astley were praised for baking the tastiest plum pies by judge Mayor Tony Kemp.

Padfield councillor Ellie Wilcox crowned Amelia Wilson, Katie Coley and Maggie Butler winners for their themed model gardens in shoebox lids.

Janis added: “A lot of people were there. It was packed. After the judging, everyone enjoyed a slice of plum pie and ice cream and we had a disco.”

She explained that the plum fair dated back to when farmers in the area celebrated the plum harvest after Wakes Week, before the Longdendale Reservoir flooded the orchards in the valley.