Flying marquees as town goes to the fayre

South Molton celebrates fayre week – despite the weather

THE people of South Molton enjoyed their Olde English Fayre in typical style despite the odd shower.

The Great British summertime did its best to dampen the 900-year tradition on Saturday.

Fayre-goers dodged heavy showers throughout the morning before high winds and flying marquees in the Square cut the afternoon’s entertainment short.

But not before youngster Kaycee Wright was crowned fayre queen by Mayoress Jenny Goodman.

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Kaycee took centre stage with crown bearer Mia Morgan and attendants Molly Tyacke, Megan Govier, Harry Meredith and Kieran Emmitt.

Fayre committee chairman Paul Henderson said: “During the morning’s crowning ceremony we had a good crowd and had some very positive comments. One elderly onlooker said it was ‘like it used to be in the old days’.

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“We’ve had lots of suggestions for next year and weather apart, we were very pleased with how the day went.

“We worked really hard this year to make the event children-focused while retaining the traditional values.

“We moved everything back out of the Pannier Market and onto the Square and re-introduced maypole dancing which has not been seen in the town for 30 years.”

Mr Henderson said a couple of years ago the committee came very close to folding but had been rejuvenated this year.

“We had 17 members and everyone to a tee worked very hard,” he said.

“Some were on the Square at 5am on Saturday. I don’t know of any other event where you get estate agents, solicitors and police officers working together like that – it was superb.”

Other highlights on the day included a teddy bears’ picnic in the Pannier Market; a medieval dinner and entertainment provided by South Molton Choral Society in the Assembly Rooms. Sunday’s events began with a civic parade around the town and a church service.

Local Scouts and members of the STRIDE group led around 80 people on a five-kilometre beating of the bounds walk around part of the ancient parish boundary.

The boundaries are being walked in five-kilometre stages each year by permission of land owners.

A sponsored 24-hour swim in aid of Children’s Hospice South West had to be postponed due to a staff shortage at South Molton Swimming Pool. The event is sent to be rescheduled for August.

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