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Plans to revive May Fair

Berwick is set to get a mini-version of London’s Lord Mayor’s Parade from 2015.

It is planned to hold the event, to be known as Mayor’s Parade, on the May bank holiday Monday.

It is all part of the Berwick 900 celebrations and part of a wider effort to revive the town’s May Fair.

Derek Sharman, of the Berwick 900 group, said: “The plan is to revive the May Fair, starting as usual with the Walking of the May Fair and extending over the bank holiday weekend via the Party on the Parade through to a community events day with street market and entertainment on bank holiday Monday.

“I am hoping the bank holiday Monday event will include a mini-version of London’s Lord Mayor’s Parade by engaging the town’s businesses to form a number of ‘modern guilds’ to help fund and stage a procession based on the Corpus Christi processions of the Middle Ages.”

The idea has received initial support from Berwick Town Council.

Coun John Robertson said: “The May Fair has been declining but this will help increase the number of events over that bank holiday weekend.

Coun Flora Simpson agreed: “I am all in favour of the Berwick 900 celebrations and the idea of making the Walking of the May Fair a more vibrant occasion.”

The council had no objection to a break in tradition for the date of the Mayor’s stroll around the charter market stalls. It is normally held on the last Friday of the month but it will be brought forward a week to coincide with the bank holiday weekend which was last been done in 1998.

 

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