THE teenager who saved the Leafield village fete paid his respects to heroes of Britain’s past at Sunday’s event.
Jake Acock, 16, won praise from Prime Minister David Cameron for reviving the village’s fete last year after it fell by the wayside in 2009.
For his second year in charge, he chose a theme that celebrated Britain’s past 100 years, dressing up as a First World War captain.
The Burford School student said: “I wanted to remember the war, especially with the centenary. All of the organisers dressed up.
“I loved organising the fete, I want to do it again next year, but it was hard work with my GCSE exams at the same time.”
Non-military heroes were also recognised through the village’s annual scarecrow competition.
The winning scarecrow was a figure dressed as Sir Edmund Hillary, the New Zealander who was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Jake said: “It was great, we had 22 scarecrows and more than 1,500 people came along to the fete. We raised £4,000 for charities and organisations in the village, which is amazing.”
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