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Get down to Soho this Sunday for the annual village fete

'Rather than shouting at each other on Facebook, you can meet face-to-face and just sit down together and have a drink'

29 June, 2018 — By Billie Manning

The  human fruit machine from an earlier event

WITH its spaghetti-eating competition and historic waiters’ race, there is no better summer fun than the Soho Village Fete this Sunday.

The chairman of the Soho Society, Tim Lord, described the event – now in its 44th year – as “a countryside village fete but in the middle of Soho”.

Mr Lord said it would bring a community feel to the area that is under threat of “gentrification and blandification” from overdevelopment.

“This is how you build a community,” said Mr Lord. “Rather than shouting at each other on Facebook, you can meet face-to-face and just sit down together and have a drink.

“The weather’s going to be great, and we’re expecting it to be a great day.”

The fete in St Anne’s Gardens, Wardour Street, will have summertime jazz, burlesque and a snail race. There will also be the chance to win prizes from one of the “human fruit machines” or from the raffle, which promises such exciting rewards as a one-night stay at the Ham Yard Hotel with afternoon tea.

The fete will include historic events such as the spaghetti-eating competition at 12.30pm, followed by the traditional Soho waiters’ race.

The race dates from the 1950s and 37 waiters, running with full trays in hand, are expected to take part, starting at 3.30pm. The day will conclude with a “spectacular” drag queen finale.

The fete is between noon and 6pm at St Anne’s Gardens.

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