Europe’s oldest fair wows 30,000 visitors

Europe’s oldest fair wows 30,000 visitors

Bobbi-Ty Wilkins, four, on the carousel

Louise Ponting, 38, with son Luke Ponting, eight, and Daniel Gifford, three

Elliott Brown, seven, on the slide

Michelle Hayter, 38, and son Josh Woodley, four

First published in Abingdon Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

THIRTY-thousand people have enjoyed what is believed to be Europe’s oldest street fair this year. Organisers say Michaelmas fair in Abingdon attracted around 15,000 people on both Monday and yesterday.

The Michaelmas fair dates back to the 14th century, and is part of the town charter.

It originally celebrated old Michaelmas day on October 10, the day on which the angel Lucifer was supposedly banished from heaven.

Children enjoyed candy floss, rides on the dodgems, and galloping horses during the two-day event. Bobbi-Ty Wilkins, four, from Abingdon, went on no fewer than 10 rides in three hours.

His mum Amy Bailey, 22, said: “We just went on loads of little rides. He really liked it.

“The Michaelmas fair is nice because it has more of a family feel, it is more for the little ones.

“He basically went on every single ride in three hours. He is only four but he understands numbers.”

Josh Woodley, four, took his mum Michelle Hayter for a spin on the dodgems.

She said: “That is all he was interested in, he is just a crazy little boy.

“It is traditional. Being an Abingdon girl myself, it is something we have always done.

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“I thought those days were over, but it looks like I will be going for many years to come.”

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1:13pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Feelingsmatter says...

It seemed a lot less crowded this year. Mind you, at £2.50 for a small punnet of luke-warm chips it's no surprise.
It seemed a lot less crowded this year. Mind you, at £2.50 for a small punnet of luke-warm chips it's no surprise. Feelingsmatter
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9:12am Thu 11 Oct 12

colbart says...

What time of the day did the reporter visit.

So many burger bars and food wagons this year. With the local shops open as well, they looked busier.
What time of the day did the reporter visit. So many burger bars and food wagons this year. With the local shops open as well, they looked busier. colbart
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4:15pm Thu 11 Oct 12

TonyH says...

I don't care how old it is, it's a bl**dy nuisance and should be somewhere out-of-town. It's traditional you say? So were bear baiting and sending kids up chimneys.
I don't care how old it is, it's a bl**dy nuisance and should be somewhere out-of-town. It's traditional you say? So were bear baiting and sending kids up chimneys. TonyH
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5:05pm Thu 11 Oct 12

paul from Kennington says...

TonyH wrote:
I don't care how old it is, it's a bl**dy nuisance and should be somewhere out-of-town. It's traditional you say? So were bear baiting and sending kids up chimneys.
Don't worry Tony Lad, Cameron will be reviving the tradition of sending Kids up chimneys again very soon. It is part of his plan to get the unemployment figures down.
[quote][p][bold]TonyH[/bold] wrote: I don't care how old it is, it's a bl**dy nuisance and should be somewhere out-of-town. It's traditional you say? So were bear baiting and sending kids up chimneys.[/p][/quote]Don't worry Tony Lad, Cameron will be reviving the tradition of sending Kids up chimneys again very soon. It is part of his plan to get the unemployment figures down. paul from Kennington
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