Old English Fayre

No pictures I’m afraid as I was frequently ‘with dog’ and unable to handle both dog and camera phone at the same time!

Going against all tradition, this year the weather was reasonably good and it didn’t rain – or at least not much!

The Fayre Coffee Morning in the Assembly Rooms on Thursday was very enjoyable indeed (much to my surprise it has to be  said!).

The Infants School choir were very good and obviously having a great time. The Junior School waiters and waitresses did a sterling job and could teach their elders a few things about service and courtesy. All-in-all both schools did amazingly well and are to be congratulated.

I didn’t go to the Senior Citizens Tea Dance on Friday afternoon, but those who did tell me it was a great success. If only someone had a taken a video clip of the Wheelchair Waltz – apparently it was fantastically well done!

A wander round the Craft, music and food Fest in the Pannier Market on Friday night but couldn’t stay too long as Max (the dog) was tied to the scaffolding at the back.

I missed the Punch and Judy show on Saturday morning but did see the crowning of the Fayre Queen and the Floral Dance around the square. The Fayre Queen and her attendants, along with assorted local civic dignitaries adorned with chains of office, dancing around the square (or in some cases walking!)  was certainly worth seeing!

The Battle of the Bands on Saturday afternoon was very impressive, and I’m always amazed at how good the local brass bands are. How on earth do they find the time to practice and perform?

Then on Sunday there the Civic Parade across the square to the service in the parish church: the mayor, the mayoress, and their deputies, accompanied by the town clerk, the sergeants-at-mace, the mayor’s constables, all in their civic regalia, the town councillors (or most of them), the Fayre Queen and her retinue, St Johns Ambulance, the Town Band and others too numerous to mention.

After the service the procession back to the Town Hall and tea and biscuits in the Mayor’s Parlour.

There were all sorts of things that I missed.: the magician (a great hit apparently); the children’s games; the Choral Society Concert; the Fayre Lunch and the Family Fayre breakfast. Still to come on Monday evening are the children’s races at the Infants School.

The questions are: Will the sun break a long tradition and actually shine on next years’ Fayre? Should I buy an official, but somewhat boring, South Molton Town Council tie?