Bigger and better Olde English Fayre at South Molton

FOLK in South Molton will be celebrating the town s heritage this week with a host of activities organised for the annual Olde English Fayre. Part of the North Devon Festival s Community and Heritage strand – sponsored by the North Devon Gazette – this ye

FOLK in South Molton will be celebrating the town's heritage this week with a host of activities organised for the annual Olde English Fayre.

Part of the North Devon Festival's Community and Heritage strand - sponsored by the North Devon Gazette - this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The Fayre - that dates back to the 12th century and was confirmed by the first Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1590 - will offer a glimpse of summer celebrations from days gone by with Victorian fairground rides, face paining, a Punch and Judy show, Taste of the West food fair, as well as all the usual traditional family fun.

The Fayre starts with a coffee morning tomorrow (Thursday) in the town's Assembly Rooms from 10am.Sequence dancing takes place in the church hall, Duke Street, that evening from 7.30pm.


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On Friday, judging of the best-dressed window competition, takes place from 6-9pm, while at 7.30pm, the Duke Street church hall will host a fayre bingo.

Stalls in the historic Pannier Market will be open for business from 9am on Saturday, with the best-dressed stall judging taking place at 10am to the sounds of the South Molton Town Band. At 10.50am the spotlight will fall upon the guard of honour and fayre proclamation, followed by the crowing of the queen at 11am.

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This year's queen will be 10-year-old South Molton Junior School pupil Madison Tetchner. She will be joined by classmates, crown bearer Erin Hosegood, and attendants Zoe Jerret and Sophie Tomkinson. Her page boys are Cameron Barrow and Matthew Courtney, both from South Molton Community Infants' School. The day will also feature the prize giving for the best-dressed window; senior citizens' teas in the Assembly Rooms at 3.30pm; and a concert by the South Molton & District Choral & Operatic Society.

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