Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Winchester Hat Fair attracts thousands to 39th event

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Image caption The name Hat Fair comes from the "hatting performances" of street theatre where artists pass around a hat for donations

Thousands of people have flocked to a Hampshire city to take part in its annual "hat festival".

The Winchester Hat Fair started in 1974 and is England's longest running festival of street arts and outdoor performance.

With the weekend's hot weather, the directors believe more than the expected 40,000 have turned out over the weekend.

Organiser Donna Reeves said: "There's a real buzz about the city."

She added: "It's been fantastic, really great. The sun has shone, it's been really busy and real fun."

The name Hat Fair comes from the "hatting performances" of street theatre where artists pass around a hat for donations after their show.

The event was put on in conjunction with the Theatre Royal Winchester and receives funding from the Arts Council.

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