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Hare to stay - hundreds enjoy village’s annual fair named in honour of Norfolk family

PUBLISHED: 17:08 22 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:08 22 September 2018

Docking's annual Hare Fair 2018. Artist Nicola Hart with her paintings. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

Docking's annual Hare Fair 2018. Artist Nicola Hart with her paintings. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

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Hundreds of visitors hopped along to a popular village fair celebrating creativity and community spirit.

Docking's annual Hare Fair 2018. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP Docking's annual Hare Fair 2018. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

Now in its seventh year, the annual Hare Fair at Docking, near Fakenham, descended on the village and saw St Mary’s Church and the Lady Chapel transformed into an arts and craft market place.

The fair also featured a treasure hunt, traditional village fete stalls, games, live music and a barbecue.

And inside the church, the pews were converted into the market place for local artists to set up stalls in the aisles and sell handmade fabrics, jewellery, wooden goods, paintings and metalwork.

Peter Cook, the rector of Docking Church, said this year’s event had been a great success.

Docking's annual Hare Fair 2018. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP Docking's annual Hare Fair 2018. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

“We had a lot of people through the door.

“Other than a small drama where a light went out - which was quickly sorted - it all went really well.”

He praised everyone for their help with the event, including the local scouts and cubs who assisted with the barbecue and some refreshments.

One artist, who has displayed at the event since it began in 2012, was Nicola Hart.

Docking Church rector Peter Cook. Picture: Ian BurtDocking Church rector Peter Cook. Picture: Ian Burt

Ms Hart lives in Docking. Her artwork focuses on British wildlife - including the hare.

She said: “It’s important to put on events like this for local people to keep in touch with each other.

“Working as an artist in a studio can be very solitary so it is nice to get out and meet other people and talk about your work.

“An event like the Hare Fair allows you to do that - it’s a lovely event. It’s a nice thing to do in the community.”

The event is named in honour of the Hare family, who have had a presence in Docking for hundreds of years, and the animal which is found in abundance in the surrounding area.

The Hare family has lived in the village for hundreds of years and have been influential within the village during that time - including funding its school in the 1800s.

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