FAIRGROUND fun returned to Alresford on October 14 after an enforced absence last year because of coronavirus.

John Searle Funfairs began setting up the rides and stalls at midday the day before so the fair could open at 3pm and give young children a chance to enjoy it before bedtime.

As darkness fell, hundreds of older children and teenagers had hours of fun until the event closed at 11pm. It was estimated 5,000 people visited the fair.

New Alresford Town Trust trustees Roy Gentry, Penny and Steve McClelland and Peter Bridges played key roles in managing traffic and helping the funfair team.

Trust chair Robin Atkins said: "There was laughter and great happiness - the weather was kind and the good attendance justified all the hard work."