Carnival queen reunion among plans to celebrate fair history next summer

A major exhibition is being planned to celebrate Barnstaple’s fair heritage next summer.

A newly formed Barnstaple Fair Heritage Society hopes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fair moving to Seven Brethren.

It has applied for a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Grant to help stage an exhibition at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.

Plans include a huge exhibition of old fair photographs; film archive footage; fair ground models; and museum workshops.

There will be vintage fair rides on the Square and an oral history and school visit programme.

The group also hopes to track down as many former carnival queens as possible for a reunion.

For more info, visit the group’s Facebook page here.