Everyone who visited Crewkerne Charter Fair described the two day event as great fun and entertaining. Formerly known as St Bartholomew’s Street Fair, the fair charter is owned by the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District Trust. The official opening on Friday evening by Crewkerne Mayor Kathy Head, followed a welcome cry from Crewkerne Town Crier David Craner. Edward Danter led the ceremonial group on a tour of his fun fair attractions which saw Katy Pritchard, President of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District hook a Winnie the Pooh character and the mayor showing excellent marksmanship to win a cuddly toy at the fairground stall run by Clifton Hill and Edward Hill (4th and 5th generations of a fairground family). Katy, Kathy and David were given a demonstration by Edward Danter on operating the water jets at the fire safety department fun booth before having a bumper time on the Dodgems.
The official group declined a ride in the Oxygen, towering high above the town hall but those who experienced it found the panoramic views across the town breathtaking. A variety of charity, craft and trade stalls set up home in Falkland Square. Visitors tried their luck in the Rotary Club grand draw, tasted delicious fresh rolled ice cream, made while waiting at Arctic Cow and found out more about PROMISE Works, which delivers mentoring for Somerset’s most vulnerable young people. Entertainment on Friday evening was provided by the Blackdown Samba band and Saturday daytime by busker Paul Lewis aka Guitarist On Wheels, who suffers from Brittle Bones and is a self taught left handed guitar, bass, mandolin and ukulele player.
Crewkerne’s annual street fair dates back to Saxon times, the fun fair from at least 1861. Event organiser Sandra Shore of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District was delighted with this year’s event, the number of people who came along and the additional fairground rides for children. The one way traffic system in the town kept traffic flowing smoothly and the following comment made sums up the success of the Charter Fair: “A Big Shout to all the volunteers from the Rotary Club and Danter’s Fun Fair for doing a great job.”