04:22AM, Tuesday 18 December 2012
Old Windsor was a 'hub' of activity on Sunday as villagers thronged to a fair celebrating the opening of a new centre.
It was the first time Old Windsor had held a winter fair and it was designed to coincide with the official opening of the new Community Hub in St Luke's Road, created from a derelict old toilet block.
The transformed site now houses the headquarters of the Parish Council, while offering visitors a range of services including an information and support point and free computer access.
It will also contain a Police Post that can be used by officers and PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers).
The building also includes a much-needed public toilet, complete with disabled access.
The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Mary Bayliss unveiled the new facility at the end of an afternoon that saw a roundabout whirling round the centre of the pedestrian area, a variety of stalls and a range of talented buskers.
Among the stallholders was Holly Macbeth, of St Peter's Close who is raising money to turn a garden shed into an activities room for nine-year-old son Spencer who has cerebral palsy, where he can play.
The buskers who gave displays of juggling, fire eating and performed awe-inspiring card tricks had all been spotted and handpicked by Ron Phillips, one of the afternoon's organisers, on a trip to Covent Garden.
Cllr Jane Dawson, chairman of Old Windsor Parish Council, said: "It was our first winter fair in Old Windsor. It was such a success that I think it might now become an annual event."
See photos from the event below.
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