HATS off to fundraisers in Swanage who have handed over much-needed funds for Ukraine.
Swanage Folk Festival’s Mad Hatters Competition, held during the September event, saw £200 raised for the Unicef fund to protect young people in the war-torn country.
Five local businesses – The Salt Pig, Country Corner, Chococo, Burt’s Bits and the Craft Shop – donated a number of prizes for the winners, with three going to adults, two to children and one to a beautifully-attired pooch.
Judged by Wareham Town Crier Jacquie Hall and Swanage Town Crier Andrew Fleming, a stunning hedgehog hat was the overall winner – with a dog judged to be a runner-up with his sunflower outfit.
Margaret Tyrer, chair of the festival, said: “We raised £100 on the day and have matched it from festival funds.
“We would have liked more entries but it was still a fun event.
“Unfortunately, a medical emergency required the field to be cleared before we could get the names of the winners.
“But we are enormously grateful for their donations, enthusiasm and funky hats.”