HUNDREDS of people enjoyed Alresford’s newest tradition on Sunday.

An estimated 400 people enjoyed the market town’s second apple day, held at Arlebury Park, on a beautiful early autumn day.

It was organised by the town Rotary Club to put to good use the thousands of apples that are currently falling from the trees.

Mark Porter, one of the organisers, said the Rotarians processed nearly two tonnes of the fruit to be turned into 800 litres of apple juice.

“The ‘deal’ was that half of the juice from the apples was returned to the owners and half was sold to raise funds for Rotary charities,” he said.

There were a large number of food and drink stalls as well as entertainment from Basingstoke Morris dancers, Winchester Ukulele, Juggling Jake and a solo guitarist.

Local crafts people, Sun Hill Infant School and a Mr Apple Head stall complemented the range of attractions.

“A wonderful day out was had by all,” said Mr Porter.

The general public appears to be taking more interest in apples, a fruit ideally suited to England’s wet climate.

As well as the Alresford day Hill Farm in Swanmore held its own inaugural apple day on October 1.

Organisations such as Hampshire Fare have fostered increased interest in apples, at a time when many native varieties are becoming extinct. Although the British cider industry is doing well it uses relatively few varieties.