Around 3,000 people took advantage of glorious sunshine to enjoy the annual Falkners Arms family fun day on Fleet’s Ancells Farm estate on Sunday May 4.

A host of Star Wars characters were on hand to celebrate Star Wars Day – May the fourth (be with you) – and youngsters turned out in their best outfits.

Paul Moroney, one of the Falkners Arms owners, said the event was bigger and better than ever with something for all the family, including giant inflatables, fete-style attractions, family races, live music from ‘Elvis’ and friends and the chance to handle birds of prey.

“More than 50 of the pub’s regulars helped man the attractions and, with generous auction and raffle prize donations from businesses, £9,000 was raised,” said Mr Moroney. “With additional fundraising planned over the next few weeks, the organisers hope the final total will reach £10,000.”

The principal charity for this year’s event was Rays of Sunshine, which grants wishes to children who are living with serious or life-threatening illnesses.

The pub has been running its fun day for the past five years and has raised more than £50,000 for national charities and local good causes.

Paula Clinch, who helped organise the fun day, said the committee works harder each year to try and make the event better than previous years.

“We have a great supportive community around us who help make the day so successful and help us raise such amazing amounts for good causes,” she said.