A popular annual country fayre and stretcher race returned to Beaconsfield Old Town at the weekend.

The highlight of the town’s calendar, the country fayre delighted more than 5,000 people, including town Mayor Cllr Chris Owen and town crier Dick Smith who joined crowds for the 11th year on Bank Holiday Monday on a gloriously warm, sunny day.

The infamous stretcher race saw teams of four carry a fifth – in fancy dress – around a gruelling course of seven pubs, stopping at each for a “half”.

Organised by the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Beaconsfield Rotary and Beaconsfield Round Table, the event has raised more than £100,000 for charity over the past decade and attracts thousands of people every year.

For budding athletes, there was a children’s stretcher race where teams of four carried a teddy bear around a shorter course along Windsor End. 

Car enthusiasts had a chance to admire classic cars and visitors were treated to a birds of prey display, children’s petting zoo, a junior Grand Prix circuit and a bucking bronco ride, as well as plenty of food and drink.