WINKLEIGH Fair, which celebrates its 750th anniversary next year, got off to a flying start last weekend and events continue all this week.

Following the well dressing by the pre-school and a craft workshop, Torrington Town Band played music in the square. The band then led the parade to Winkleigh Parish Church for the egg and flower service.

A well blessing was conducted by Father Ken Moss and the fair was officially opened by Queenie Pidgeon, resident of Winkleigh and holder of the British Legion long service award 'The Leaf of Gold.'

Fair Queen Charlie Sibley and Fair King Sam Clark were crowned by Mrs Pidgeon and balloons were released.

To refresh everyone the WI provided cream teas in the community centre and there were a series of hotly contested village rounders matches at the sports centre.

A busy week of events includes the culture and produce show today (Thursday) followed by the dog show in a new venue — the marquee in the field. The Anderton & Rowlands Fun Fair also starts tonight.

Tomorrow evening (Friday) in the marquee it's Winkleigh's Got Talent. The first prize is £100, so if you have a talent, go along and show it off.

The week ends with 'Fair in the Field Saturday' which begins with a farmers' and craft market and vintage vehicles, and continues through the rest of the day with the children's fancy dress competition, various entertainments, village races and the tug of war competition.

There will be live music from Gobi and later in the evening from The Feel Good Factor.

Refreshments will be available all day, including a bar with real ales run by Exeter Brewery. Entry to the field and all entertainments are free.