Iden on Parade


One of the best attended events on the local calendar is the Iden Fete and Boot Sale, which takes place at Iden Park, home of Iden Football and Cricket Clubs.

Over 1,000 cars were accomodated throughout the day, despite rain sodden ground from a very wet previous night. An estimated 5,000 people enjoyed a day of variety and fun.

It is a true village event, everyone mucks in to ensure the success of the day. The whole village is festooned with flags and bunting and despite what the weather forecast people say Iden guarantees, and gets, a dazzling summer day every year.

This year was no exception, the sun shone from start to finish, despite warnings of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

A dog show attracted many entries, each and every dog a character in their own right, all worthy of a medal. Winners and losers all had a great day out.

It was a fun day for the kids too, with many fairground and bouncy castle attractions.

The Face Painting expert was hard at work all afternoon
The Face Painting expert was hard at work all afternoon

There were many attractions in the main arena including a demonstration by the Hastings Twirlers, a display by the Green Barrows Display team (no not in jet planes, just pushing wheelbarrows!) and exciting Dance Presentations by members of Jo’ Fletcher’s Rye Dance Centre.

A Grand Raffle with many prizes, including a large cash prize for the first ticket out of the hat, this was won by a local man.

The Boot Sale was a great successThe hard working Iden Fete Committee and the people of Iden must be congratulated on a superb effort, they certainly have the best Boot Fair and probably run the best arena show in the district.

“Rye’s Own” August 2007