Organisers of Rugby’s Rotary Spring Fair have recorded one of the best fundraising totals in the event’s history.

Rotary Spring Fair sponsors and Houlton developer, Urban&Civic, joined the three Rotary Clubs of Rugby to present a cheque to the Wasps Community Foundation, after its support helped to raise more than £14,000.

The Fair, which is held at the Whitehall Recreation Ground every May, raised £14,900 in one day – one of the most successful totals in its 41-year history.

Around 9,000 visitors were in attendance for the family showcase, which saw Wasps introducing their Interactive Zone for the first time where hundreds of adults and children tested their passing, catching and tackling.

The event put many of Rugby’s talented artists on display, ranging from young singers and musicians from the Rugby Area Talent Trust and Bhangra dancers through to performances from Impact Dance and G-Force Martial Arts as well as a Kukri display by members of the locally-based Gurkha regiment.

Around 60 stalls were also on show, including a dedicated craft village and an animal petting farm.

Willy Goldschmidt, Marketing Lead for the Fair, said: “It’s been a year to remember for the Rotary Spring Fair – to raise nearly £15,000 is a marvellous effort by the organisers and visitors – so a big thank you must go to them and all of our sponsors.

“We are in the process of handing out the proceeds to worthwhile causes in the area – including those who helped contribute to the event’s success this year.

“Welcoming new attractions on board such as Wasps’ Interactive Zone and the craft village was a great success, and we have laid some fantastic foundations to build upon for next year’s Spring Fair.”

“We are delighted to start distributing some of the proceeds today to some of the local groups who helped make the Fair such a success.”

Joh Thomas, Communications, Communities and Partnerships for Urban&Civic, joined the presentation party and said: “It was great to learn how the Rotary Spring Fair benefits the community both through their work to put on a fantastic event for families and their continued support for local groups and charities.”

Verity Brown, Community and Matchday Marketing Manager at Wasps, is urging more families to attend events such as Rugby’s Rotary Spring Fair.

She said: “These events are so popular because they are proper family days out where memories are made – and a lot of people have a go at rugby for the first time!

“We’d like to thank the Fair’s committee for donating some of the funds to Wasps’ charity – the Wasps Community Foundation – which will enable us to make a positive difference to people’s lives through rugby.

“It was a great day and hopefully their time spent passing, tackling and catching will inspire some of Rugby’s next generation to pursue the sport as a player, official or supporter.”

Photo: Members of the three Rotary clubs of Rugby presented some of the proceeds of the Rotary Spring Fair to representatives of Wasps Community Foundation, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, (formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), Rugby Area Talent Trust, Impact Dance, G-Force Martial Arts and the Fire Fighters Charity. Also in attendance were Joh Thomas of Urban&Civic and Allie Scrace, Asda Rugby Community Champion.