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Broadcaster and writer Rageh Omaar opened the annual Green Days fete in Bedford Park, Chiswick, last weekend. He also judged the children’s fancy dress competition with the vicar of St Michael & All Angels Church, Father Kevin Morris.

Despite the rival attraction of England's first World Cup match - and the total closure of the District and Piccadilly lines - thousands of people enjoyed the unbroken sunshine over the two days, and the funfair and the stalls did a roaring trade.

Rageh Omaar posed for photographs with children who’d taken part in the annual Fancy Dress Parade, which this year was on the theme of "endangered species" and green issues. The winners were:-

Ages 4 and under
1st Jennifer Critchlow (aged 2): Smoker/Tony Blair
2nd Wilfred Morris (3 months): Kiwi
3rd Isabella Thomas (2 and a half): Endangered Butterfly

Age 5 to 7
1st Charlotte Timmins (5): The Rhino Game Warden
2nd William C. Probert (7): Gorilla
3rd= Oliver Simkin (7): Tiger
3rd= Phoebe Rigden (7): Snow Leopard

Age 8 plus:
1st Stella Wharmby (8): African Elephant
2nd Maisie Preston (10): Smart Sack
3rd= James and Katie Stanbridge (8): Pandas
3rd= Clara de Montfort (9): Recycled Panda

Prizes were also presented for the Turnham Green Terrace Treasure Hunt, sponsored by Disney and the estate agent, Fletchers, and supported by 21 of the Terrace traders. Children had to spot pictures of endangered species in the shop windows and say which was their favourite and why.

The winner was Laurence Tritton (6) of Orchard House School. His favourite endangered species was the gorilla - "because my Daddy is like one and I love him!" He wins a star prize Disney goody bag.

The 9 runners-up, who all win Disney goody bags were:
Leila Ashrafy (10) from Wendell Park Primary School;
Jessica Daley (8) from Latymer Preparatory School;
Natalie Finn (6) from Southfield Primary School;
Clara de Montfort (9) from Orchard House School;
Claudia Fordham-Moss (10) from Chiswick & Bedford Park School;
Phoebe Rigden (7) from Ravenscourt Park Prep School;
Oliver Simkin (7) from Falcons School;
Harry Tritton (9) from Colet Court School;
Stella Wharmby (8) from Orchard House School;

Another highlight was the children’s 5-a-side Football Competition, sponsored by the estate agents Bushells. In the under-13s contest on the Saturday, the winners of the Bushells Cup were AC Terry's Homefield Legacy, who beat the Mighty Midgetsin the final, 2-0. The winners of the younger competition on the Sunday were Hounslow Borough 'B's who beat Turnham Green Rockers after a 0-0 draw and a penalty shootout.

And the ever popular Pop Idol contest was a huge hit again this year with the solo section being won by the singer-guitarist George Morgan, age 13, from the Harrodian School, performing his own composition Standing Tall. Second was Imogen Wilson, age 12, from Latymer Upper School, who sang Electricity from Billy Elliot.

The group section was won by Sophie, Rosa, Imogen, Kiera, and Helena, all aged 11, from St Peter's Primary School, who performed the Sugababes' Red Dress. Second were Lydia, Izzy, Marie, Helena and Bethan, all 11, from Belmont Primary School, who performed Barbie Girl.

The dance section was won by Daniel and Hannah Pirie, aged 12 and almost 9, who are at school in High Wycombe and danced to Do Your Thing. Runner-up was last year's winner, 10-year-old Lewis Walker of Derwentwater School.

"The standard was incredibly high and we're very grateful to all the entrants and to the judges - Natalie Bareham of the Arts Ed London, Kate Stevenson of the Guitar Institute, and Kasia Bialek of Sweaty Betty in Turnham Green Terrace, the event sponsor. And of course to the compere, actor Ian Pirie, currently touring with the RSC's Canterbury Tales." said Bedford Park Festival's Torin Douglas.

June 16, 2006