A RECORD turnout was achieved at Bedfont Lakes Country Fair despite calls to boycott the event over the introduction of admission fees.
More than 5,500 people attended the 14th annual fair on Sunday July 26 – an increase of 1,500 on last year's showing.
Uproar had been caused by the decision by organisers John Laing to introduce an entrance fee of £2 per person but revellers packed into Bedfont Lakes Country Park to experience the displays and activities.
The forecast rain – which had also threatened to spoil the event – stayed away and visitors were treated to a dog show, falconry display, horse show and Morris dancers.
The fair was headlined by Titan, an 8ft dancing robot, but crowds were also wowed by a display from motorbike stunt man Jez Avery.
Laing marketing manager Michelle Morley said: “It was a resounding success. I don't think people stayed away. More people turned up than in previous years and everyone enjoyed themselves.”