A PLAYGROUP left homeless following an arson attack celebrated its 21st anniversary at its summer fair.

One of the attractions at Tweseldown Playgroup's fair was a balloon race.

About 200 balloons were released during the fair at the group's headquarters off Aldershot Road in Church Crookham.

The closing date for balloons to be returned is August 10 and so far a number have been returned from Kent.

The person who released the balloon which travels the furthest will win a Summer Holiday Survival Kit, featuring cinema and swimming tickets and free entry to tourist attractions such as the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton in Sussex.

Other attractions at the fair included a bouncy castle, clay handprinting, a coconut shy and Wellington boot throwing.

The show raised about £530, which means the playgroup can now complete its new £700 children's book corner.

The playgroup was left homeless in February 2000 after an arson attack at its former home, Shotts nightclub in Church Crookham.

Nobody was hurt in the early-morning blaze although damage was estimated at a massive £1.8million.

The playgroup spent about four months in temporary accommodation in the Basingbourne Park Scout Hut before moving to its current home.

It is now planning a formal 21st anniversary event for later in the year.