We returned to Winchester this afternoon, in time to catch the first session of the Hat Fair. It is an annual event, lasting three days, normally held in Winchester's streets and open spaces, with the audience throwing money into the hats of the performers, if they have enjoyed the act.
This year it has to be a ticketed event held in the River Park, to prevent large crowds assembling.
We watched an excellent fifteen minute production of the Magic Flute, some Irish dancers, and then this pair of entertainers. The smaller chap had to free himself, Houdini- style, from locked chains and a straitjacket, in the time it took the larger chap to drink, through a tube, a pint of beer balanced on his head, while at the same time juggling three sharp machetes. As you can probably guess, it caused much merriment among the young boys at the front of the arena!