A MASS of people flocked to a record breaking Feast and Fayre weekend in Horndon-on-the-Hill.

Saeberts Folc, a renactment group demonstrating Viking crafts and engaging in mock battles, were among the highlights of a packed weekend which was smiled upon by glorious summer weather.

Thurrock Spectrum Brass and the Martin Clayden Swing Band played music throughout the weekend while the Swan pub car park was transformed into a music and perfromance arena.

On Sunday, a record number of 597 runners took part in the traditional Horndon 10km race.

The event was officially opened by East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe and Thurrock mayor Tony Fish, while former Horndon resident Sir Graham Bright, now Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, took the microphone to compere Saturday’s proceedings.

Feast and Fayre co-ordinator Kim Towlson said: “Once again Horndon put on a fantastic show.

“The wonderful weather helped a lot, but to have the village packed to the gills on both days enjoying the festivities and attractions was very heart-warming.

“I think we had more people here than ever before.

“There was a lovely atmosphere and everyone got into the spirit of a perfect village event.

“On behalf of our generous sponsors, stallholders, entertainers and visitors, I would like to thank the small handful of volunteers who freely give up their time pull this event together and help to make it so special.”