Pictures: ‘Swan song’ South Molton Olde English Fayre 2018

The South Molton Olde English Fayre royalty watch the dancing. Picture: Trevor Brayley
The South Molton Olde English Fayre royalty watch the dancing. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Sunshine and a great turn out helped ensure a fitting farewell for longstanding South Molton Olde English Fayre organisers.

South Molton mayor Christine Lock hands over the bowl. Picture: Trevor Brayley South Molton mayor Christine Lock hands over the bowl. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Margaret and Steve White intend to be at many more fayres, but have said that after almost four decades between them, they hope someone else will come forward to help organise one of the main events in the town calendar.

The traditional five-day event, concluded on Monday, bringing to an end 24 years of involvement for Margaret and more than 10 as chairman for Steve.

A well-attended Fayre Day on Saturday saw the crowning of queen Isobel Carpenter, with crown bearer Chloe Brayley, attendants Matilda Dunn and lsla Quick. Pageboys were Alfie Somerwill and Daniel Austen.

Steve said: “It made it fantastic for us, being our last one, that the weather was so good and so many people out, we were delighted.”

Gwen Kingdon and Jean Latham get into the spirit of the era. Picture: Trevor Brayley Gwen Kingdon and Jean Latham get into the spirit of the era. Picture: Trevor Brayley

The Whites announced their standing down at the fayre luncheon and some have already come forward to say they are prepared to take it on.

Mayor’s consort, Councillor Stephen Lock, crowns South Molton Olde English Fayre queen Isobel Carpenter. Picture: Trevor Brayley Mayor’s consort, Councillor Stephen Lock, crowns South Molton Olde English Fayre queen Isobel Carpenter. Picture: Trevor Brayley

This year’s South Molton Olde English Fayre royalty are pictured in the assembly rooms. Picture: Trevor Brayley This year’s South Molton Olde English Fayre royalty are pictured in the assembly rooms. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Stephen and Margaret White and South Molton Olde English Fayre queen Isobel Carpenter lead the floral dance around the Square.Picture: Trevor Brayley Stephen and Margaret White and South Molton Olde English Fayre queen Isobel Carpenter lead the floral dance around the Square.Picture: Trevor Brayley

Children from South Molton Community School dance around the may pole. Picture: Trevor Brayley Children from South Molton Community School dance around the may pole. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Dignitaries and invited guests enjoy the royal lunch in the assembly rooms. Picture: Trevor Brayley Dignitaries and invited guests enjoy the royal lunch in the assembly rooms. Picture: Trevor Brayley

South Molton Olde English Fayre queen Isobel Carpenter. Picture: Trevor Brayley South Molton Olde English Fayre queen Isobel Carpenter. Picture: Trevor Brayley

This year’s South Molton Olde English Fayre royalty are pictured in the assembly rooms. Picture: Trevor Brayley This year’s South Molton Olde English Fayre royalty are pictured in the assembly rooms. Picture: Trevor Brayley

The South Molton Olde English Fayre royalty watch the dancing. Picture: Trevor Brayley The South Molton Olde English Fayre royalty watch the dancing. Picture: Trevor Brayley

Stephen and Margaret White and South Molton Olde English Fayre queen Isobel Carpenter lead the floral dance around the Square.Picture: Trevor Brayley Stephen and Margaret White and South Molton Olde English Fayre queen Isobel Carpenter lead the floral dance around the Square.Picture: Trevor Brayley

Children from South Molton Community School dance around the may pole. Picture: Trevor Brayley Children from South Molton Community School dance around the may pole. Picture: Trevor Brayley


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