Five local mayors were full of praise for an action-packed Northam May Fair on Saturday.

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The mayor of Northam, Councillor Hugh Brading, said it was the first time in more than 30 years that so many mayors, consorts and their beadles had attended the event and all spoke highly of their experience.

This year proved as popular as previous years, with Navy, Army and Air Cadets starting the proceedings with a parade in front of the mayors of Northam, Bideford, Torrington, Barnstaple, South Molton and Lynton and Lynmouth.

Mr Brading formally opened the fair, which is organised by Northam Town Council and continues to grow each year.

The opening was followed by the crowning of the May king and queen, pupils of Northam’s St George’s Primary school, by the mayoress of Northam Suzanne Dyer, with St George’s pupils dancing the maypole afterwards.

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Other events during the day included Viking and Saxon displays, traction engine rides, fairground rides, face painting, craft and table top stalls, performances by Appledore Band, air cadet recruitment stand with Lightening Aircraft alongside, Samba Band and Borderline Morris.

The new upgraded Public Address system provided by Phil Morgan of Prosound Solution finally overcame the historic problem of providing a clear reliable address system in a town mainly built of stonehouses.

In the evening a traditional Variety Show was put on at Northam Hall and featured performances by Westward Ho! Youth Theatre, the Diva Belly Dance Group, Dave Hendy Conjurer and singers Roger Colome, Tamsin Ball and Robert Stirzaker.

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Northam May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNortham May Fair 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs