As the annual Gee Cross summer Fete approaches, we thought a quick up-date was needed so you can organise your diaries.

There’s nothing nicer on a summer’s day than to attend a traditional village fete, and the Gee Cross fete is one of the best, drawing hundreds of locals and visitors alike to Sam Redfern Green, for what has become the village’s biggest day of the year.

The popular fete, organised by members of Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood Hospice, raises crucial funds for both Willow Wood Hospice and the Rotary Club of Hyde; to enable them to carry out their local charity work and vital community service.

The fete, which is always well attended, will be packed full of activities and entertainment for all tastes and ages, and this year it will be particularly special as it’s the 25th anniversary of the Gee Cross village fete.

As always, it’s held on the Sam Redfern Green and opens at 11am on Sunday 1 July 2018 with a church service. The entry fee has once more been retained at £3 for adults and accompanied children are free, which represents great value for a really great family day out.

Circus Sensible are old favourites at the Fete, and they’ll once again be delighting the crowds inside the Marquee. DJ Jake Kelly will ensure that the atmosphere never flags and Roscoe McCabe and the Freedom Singers will also be keeping the audience entertained.

There’s a great mix of singing and dancing in the main outside arena, with the Dance Gallery, Freedom Dancers, Stockport Rock Choir, BomBomb Fitness and Base Performing Arts, guaranteeing a mix that won’t fail to entertain. Presenters from Tameside Radio will be completing the programme with a musical mix of summer hits and old favourites.

In addition, there are craft stalls, tombola’s, raffles, classic cars, children’s rides and much more. Refreshments will be available all day, including a licenced bar. It really is a great day out for all the family.

And if you need another reason to visit the Gee Cross fete, remember that all proceeds will be divided equally between Hyde Rotary and Willow Wood, so you know that you’ll be supporting two great organisations that in turn, support your local community.