Producers' market could revive May Fair

Staging a local producers' market has been suggested as a way of improving Berwick's traditional May Fair.

Friday, 14th December 2018, 13:31 pm
Walking of the May Fair

Berwick Town Council officers have been asked to explore the idea further and report back to councillors.

The May Fair, held over the late bank holiday weekend, used to be one of the highlights of the year.

However, in recent years there have only been one or two stalls at the Walking of the May Fair, often the first civic engagement of the new mayor’s year in office.

“At the moment it’s pretty pathetic,” admitted Coun Robert Bruce.

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Town clerk Gareth Davies said: “We want the May Fair and the Walking of the May Fair to actually look like a market rather than a rag tag collection of stalls.”

Coun Lesley Stephenson said it could be an ideal opportunity to bring back a farmers’ market.

“This is something I feel very strongly about,” she said. “We want a regular farmers’ market and this might be the time to have the first one.”

A possible bric a brac / antiques fair type market on the Sunday was also suggested.

Coun Karin Graham said street entertainment would keep people around for longer.

Local traders could also be asked to decorate their shop windows, although it was acknowledged that it would be difficult to get the high street multiples to take part.

The town clerk told members of the council’s local services committee that informal discussions had been held with Berwick Rotary Club with a view to the May Fair forming part of the Party at the Parade, held over the same weekend.

“They wanted to know if the town council would be interested in working more collaboratively, promoting the events jointly,” he said. “The two events would still be separate.

“All too often there are two or three things going on over the same weekend which are promoted separately and in different ways. The result is that it lessens the impact.”