IT was a brand new festival, one which attracted numerous acts and stalls.

The programme at Wimborne Country Fair boasted craftsmen and women, nine Morris dancing troupes, clog dancers and busking bands.

Morris dancers were aplenty at the fair on August 18, 1979, and included 10-month-old Amy Giles, daughter of Alan and Glynis Giles of Bourne River Morrismen.

Gynis told the Echo at the time: “Amy goes to all the events and has done ever since she was born. Alan and I don’t usually find ourselves dancing at the same time but when we do there is no shortage of volunteers to hold her.”

Money was raised at the event for the British Legion Poppy Appeal and several local charities.