IT was a sizzling hot afternoon for Delaware Primary School's first-ever summer fair and barbecue recently. Friends of Delaware, the school's parent teacher association, organised the event with the school and raised more than £600 before the event had even started. Marie Howe, the current chair of the Friends of Delaware, said: 'Everyone has been very excited to be part of the fair and it's given the school a real buzz.' The local community and businesses supported the event and organisers expressed thanks to Rising Sun Nursery, Callington Co-Op, Plymouth Argyle and Big Orange Water Sports, as well as other local organisations that helped to make the event a success. Adel Sheppard, the current treasurer of Friends of Delaware, said: 'We have had lots of support and donations from the community and local businesses. We really appreciate the generosity. Many businesses volunteered a raffle prize as well as contributing an advert to the programme distributed to everyone.' Adults, teachers and pupils alike looked forward to the day. Pupil Beth, aged 10, said: 'It was a good idea and it was a lot of fun. The people who ran it made a lot of effort.' On the day people visited a variety of stalls, including a bouncy castle, cake stall, 'Splat the Rat' (pictured above right) and an opportunity provided by the local police to try on a helmet or look inside a police van. School staff made a great effort assisting with the successful barbecue and volunteering to be splatted by sponges to raise money. Executive head teacher Lynn Nash said: 'It's a fantastic community event. 'I am delighted that it was so well supported and I am delighted with the enterprising efforts of those children who devised and ran stalls.' In total, the event raised £1,400.15. Money raised from the fair will go towards Friends of Delaware's continuing mission to match the needs of the school. They have provided funds for school trips, outdoor equipment, children's waterproofs and a scheme to improve handwriting to name but a few contributions.