Molly books ‘royal’ date for old fair celebrations

Town goes to the polls to choose fair queen.

THE people of Chulmleigh have been to the polls to elect this year’s Old Fair royalty at a traditional annual ballot at the town hall.

Chulmleigh Community College student Molly Sharples, 12, polled the most votes and will be this year’s fair queen.

She will be joined by attendants Amy Pinkett, 9, Amie Smith, 8, and crown bearer Katy Pinkett, 5.

All attend school in Chulmleigh.

Old Fair committee spokesperson Sylvia Gilson said ‘crowds’ of people turned up to cast a vote.

She added: “Both Amy and Amie had embarked on a serious canvassing campaign which paid off because they each polled nearly twice the number of votes of other candidates.

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While waiting to cast their votes, pollsters supported the coffee morning and raised �489 for Fair Funds, most of which will be used for ‘royalty’ expenses.

Organisers are still advertising for three boys, two aged six or seven to act as heralds, and one aged eight or nine to carry the glove as chief herald.

First prize in the draw was won by Bet Yates and competition winners were William Smith and Jackie Shoemark.

This year’s fair will be opened on the evening of Tuesday, July 24 with the following day being the main fair day, featuring a country market, sheep show, flower show and festival among all the usual entertainment.

There are a few �10 spaces left for the street market. Telephone Sylvia Gilson on (01769) 580276.

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