Olde English Fayre fun back in South Molton

South Molton Olde English Fayre Holly Pidler (front row) is flanked by pageboys Cameron Haynes and J

South Molton Olde English Fayre Holly Pidler (front row) is flanked by pageboys Cameron Haynes and Josh Moule, while crown bearer Courtney Hiscock (back row) is pictured with attendants Ria Tovey and Libby Cook. - Credit: Archant

Don’t miss the town’s annual fayre from June 13-17.

THE clock is now well and truly ticking down to five days of fun as South Molton Olde English Fayre returns from June 13-17.

Elections for the 2013 fayre royalty have taken place and Holly Pidler has been chosen as Fayre Queen. Her crown bearer is Courtney Hiscock and her two attendants are Ria Tovey and Libby Cook, with pageboys Cameron Haynes and Josh Moule.

Holly will be crowned on Fayre Day, Saturday, June 15 at 11am in South Molton Square, followed by the traditional floral dance and maypole dancing, accompanied by music from South Molton Junior Town Band.

The fayre dates back to the 12th century and as well as a variety of people in colourful costumes taking to the streets, there will be plenty of games, stalls and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

From Friday through to Sunday there will be a funfair in the car park behind the Pannier market and the square will be closed to traffic from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning.

Friday evening will see live music on a busking stage in the Square from some of North Devon’s up-and-coming entertainers, organised by Red Shoes Music.

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There will also be craft and charity stalls, a hog roast, bric-a-brac stalls and games, in the square from 6-9.30pm.

Plus the Senior Citizens teas and a Tea Dance will take place during the afternoon, followed by a Food and Beer Festival at the Coaching Inn in the evening.

There will be the usual Olde English Fayre Market in the Pannier Market on Saturday with Dave Hendy’s Punch and Judy, a display of vintage vehicles in the Square, plus a Craft Fair in the Coaching Inn.

Garfield’s Girls will provide a delicious Fayre lunch in the Assembly Rooms and there will be children’s games, entertainment and free children’s teas in the Pannier Market from 3.30pm.

South Molton Choral Society will give a concert in the Assembly Rooms from 7.30pm.

Sunday starts with a Father’s Day breakfast in the Coaching Inn followed by the Grand Draw and a parade to the Parish Church for the 11am service.

The traditional Beating of the Bounds, organised by walkers group STRIDE, sets off from Hill Village at 2.30pm.

The Fayre finishes with the South Molton Strugglers Children’s Games at the Community College sports field at 6pm on Monday. Fayre brochures and draw tickets will be available from mid-May.

* For more information telephone the fayre secretary on 01769 573558, or to apply for stall pitches, email clarke1964aj@googlemail.com.

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