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VIDEO: Walking of the May Fair

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The centuries-old tradition of Walking the May Fair took place in Berwick today.

Re-elected Mayor Isabel Hunter, aldermen and a handful of town councillors walked the length of the high street as a few dozen shoppers looked on.

The walk by the mayor and the civic party officially opens the May Fair - traditionally a bustling cluster of stalls and entertainment along Marygate.

However the event has been in decline in recent years with this morning’s turnout of one stall and all time low for the event.

It is all a far cry from its golden age of the 1970s and 1980s when huge crowds would line the street to witness the event.

At that time, dozens of stallholders would take advantage of free pitches to enjoy a bumper payday and the majority of councillors also attended.

The May Fair weekend which followed also attracted thousands of visitors to the town until its demise a few years ago.

The charter to hold the May Fair, on a day between May and June each year, was granted by King James more than 400 years ago and had always been the first formal event on the new Mayor’s calendar.

 

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