Deputy Mayor Robin Pailthorpe officially opened Crewkerne Charter Fair, accompanied by the President of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District, Jeremy Webb and Edward Danter, owner of the travelling fun fair. Robin thanked the Rotary Club for keeping the historic tradition alive and the work they put in during the year and leading up to the annual event, to ensure its continued success. Crewkerne Charter Fair is one of the town’s yearly highlights and dates back to the 13th Century. The earliest surviving court record of 1280, shows that a Charter had been granted in the time of King Henry 111 for a major annual regional market to be held on the town’s streets over specified dates. The Fun Fair, an addition to the original royal Charter is understood to date from at least 1861 and Robin also thanked Edward Danter for helping the town to keep this tradition alive.
Spokesperson for the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District, Sandra Shore said: “We are pleased that we have an extremely good working relationship with the town council and with Edward Danter, who this year brought new rides to the town. We had a waiting lists of stall holders who wanted to come to Falkland Square to sell their goods. The music in Falkland Square was well received and drew a large crowd. The Blackdown Samba Band had everyone hopping and we would like to thank the Conservative Club for providing Ollie Days with power for entertaining us. The hog roast and bands playing at Oscars wine bar gave an added interest to the event.
“We look forward to improving on the event in the years to come and are extremely pleased with the support we receive in the form of sponsorship from local businesses and helpful comments from the public.” Positive comments this year included praise for the management of the one-way traffic system and access to the public car parks, with diversion signs found to be less confusing than in previous years and motorists given plenty of notice on their approach to Crewkerne, of the temporary traffic system in place, while the fun fair was in the centre of the town.