Erdington Fete 2015 in pictures

The wonderful Michael Younger volunteers with the 67th Birmingham Girls Brigade at Erdington Fair and shares his photo diary with us.
On Saturday July 11th, Erdington High Street came awash with a range of stalls from all different local organisations and charities, as the annual Erdington Fete was held. For the second year running I was roped into helping out on the 67th Birmingham Girls Brigade stall (although it was easy to persuade me).

8am - an early start as we collected the cakes and sweets for the stall from Six Ways Baptist Church, before pushing them on two trolleys the short walk to Erdington High Street.

8:15 - 9:30am - after locating our stall for the day (aptly right outside a well-known bakers) we began setting the stall up, and talking to some of the early morning shoppers and other stall holders. Even though the Fete hadn't officially started, the cakes were too tempting for some shoppers, who purchased a couple of £s worth, not that we were complaining, as all money the stall raised went back into the Girls Brigade group.
9:30 - 10am - with the stall set up, it was time to stand back and wait for the opening of the Fete. During this time, we watched the stalls around us setup - including a few other cake stalls (our competitors for the day), a well-known pub chain and our neighbours for the day, local charity John Taylor Hospice who were there to raise awareness of the hospice and encourage people to join their team for the Birmingham Half Marathon in October. It was great to have Liz and Diane from John Taylor Hospice as our neighbours for the day, as it's a charity I've supported over the last couple of years, including running the half marathon for them last year. If you've seen their recent campaign you may have spotted me on the back of a bus.
10am - 12:45pm - The Fete was on, and the High Street became a hive of activity as the Erdington community came out to enjoy the atmosphere, support the stalls and enjoy great music from local musicians. During this time, if you were anywhere near the High Street there's a good chance you'll have heard me doing my best Del Boy impression, wooed passers-by and spoke with shoppers, as I drummed up sales for the girls on the Girls Brigade stall, encouraging shoppers to buy the cakes which were being sold 5 for £1. - I even managed to get one or two people to join the John Taylor Hospice half marathon team!
As the afternoon came, it was time for me to hand over the reins as honorary 67th Birmingham Girls Brigade member to the partner of another Girls Brigade leader, due to prior commitments.

With the sun being kind to everyone, the Erdington Fete proved to be a huge success, enjoyed by young and old alike - and I'm sure everyone is looking forward to next years...I know I am.

If you have a daughter (or granddaughter) aged 4yrs - 18yrs old who is interested in joining the Girls Brigade, the 67th Birmingham Girls Brigade meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30pm (during term time) at Six Ways Baptist Church, Erdington.

Huge thanks to the John Taylor Hospice team who took many of the pictures for this post. The hospice do a fantastic job, and are looking for as many people as possible to join their team for October's Birmingham Half Marathon - having ran for the team (and agreed to do so again this year) I highly recommend it.

By Mike Younger – Copywriter (by nature) & Twitter user (@MYounger14).