Town goes back in time for ‘olde fayre’

Joseph Bulmer

South Molton gets ready for five days of historic fun

SOUTH Molton will be stepping back in time for its historic Olde English Fayre this week.

A variety of wenches, jesters, lords and ladies will take to the streets, for the five-day spectacle starting tomorrow (Thursday).

The fayre dates back to the 12th century but organisers say this year’s event has been overhauled and refreshed with a packed programme for locals and visitors.

The fun starts with a coffee morning in the Assembly Rooms on Thursday, followed by sequence dancing at Duke Street Church Hall at 7.30pm.

Judging of the best dressed window competition, will be done by new Mayor Dave Goodman on Friday.

Much of the entertainment on Saturday will now take place from 10am to 8pm on The Square rather than in the Pannier Market to enable trading to continue unimpeded and add to the town’s charm.

Fayre-goers are invited to add to the atmosphere of the historical occasion by turning up in period dress – from whichever period they choose!

Highlights include the crowning of the fayre queen at 11am, followed by maypole dancing by local schools, fun, games and a teddy bears’ picnic in the market at 4pm, and a medieval dinner at 6.30pm.

South Molton Choral Society will entertain in the Assembly Rooms at 8pm.

Sunday’s events begin at 10.30am with a grand prize draw, prior to the historic civic parade around the town at 10.40am, and a church service at 11am.

The STRIDE group will lead a “beating the bounds” walk around the parish.

On Monday the South Molton Strugglers are organising children’s races at the South Molton Community College sports track.

Paul Henderson, chairman of the fayre committee, said support from the residents and the business community had been fantastic.

“The Olde English Fayre is a real celebration of civic pride and an opportunity for people to get together and have fun as a community.

“South Molton is now a really vibrant, happening place and events like these are also giving business owners a helping hand to buck the difficult underlying financial trends.

“As a town we have evolved a full calendar of events which this year started with the Royal Wedding in April and runs right through until the Fat Stock Show and Christmas Winter Wonderland late night shopping event in December.”