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  Crowds flock to St Michaels School Fete
  Around 1500 people went along to the St Michaels Junior School Fete which has been heralded an outstanding success by the head teacher, Jonathan Shiels. The occasion was organised by the school’s PTA - St Michaels Association for School and Home or SMASH for short. 'It was a marvellously happy occasion with almost every section of the community participating. We've never seen crowds like it before.' said Mr Shiels.

The entertainment included 40 stalls and sideshows plus displays in the main arena. Radio controlled cars, The Essex Buccaneers American football team, the Chelmsford Twirlettes majorette troupe and the school's gym club were among the arena events for the visitors to watch. Thanks to the record breaking crowd, £1600 worth of science and technology equipment is going to be bought for the school. SMASH organiser Elizabeth Harrison said the event was the most ambitious the PTA had organised yet and promised next year’s fete would be even better.
  Source: Essex Chronicle Oct 20 1989 Year: 1989
 
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