A strong and persistent southerly gust made its mark at the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers’ annual community fair in Westborough.
Anything light that wasn’t held down quickly disappeared into the firmament or got rearranged.
But the doughty stallholders battened down the hatches, if only metaphorically, and set about raising valuable funds and awareness of their worthy causes.
And then the rain came, dissolving perseverance and sending people home.
The 25 or so stalls stretched from Huntriss Row to Albemarle Crescent, on either side of the pedestrian thoroughfare.
At the centre, a doom-monger quietly warned everyone that their lives would end soon. But probably not too soon as he has been offering his unsolicited warning for many years.
The borough mayor, Cllr Hazel Lynskey, had a look at every stall, partly with a view to choosing the best fancy dress. It can’t have been particularly difficult as few people bothered. The winners were from the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery, followed by Macmillan Cancer Support and Newby and Scalby Library. Another contender for one of the cash prizes was Derwent Valley Bridge Library, whose volunteers dressed as land girls (and a land boy).
Library press officer Pauline Bedford said: “There was lots of footfall and the library must have sold 150 books, which is well up on last year. We were disappointed not to win a prize for our efforts for the best-stall competition. However, we enjoyed taking part and dressing up as part of the WW2 land army, at least until the heavens opened and we were rained off”.
Keith Dobbie, who chairs the Rotary committee which organises the fair, said over £1,000 had been raised for club funds.