Weather fails to dampen fair day

Morpeth Fair 2012.'Fancy dress winner Alfie Keech with his mum Amy Wilkinson.
Morpeth Fair 2012.'Fancy dress winner Alfie Keech with his mum Amy Wilkinson.

ALL the fun of the fair came to Morpeth as the weather failed to dampen the festive mood.

Thousands came out to enjoy Morpeth Fair Day on Sunday, with its entertainment, parade, fairground rides, stalls and attractions.

Charities reported a bumper year for their fundraising activities and a record number of participants entered the fun run.

There was an Olympic flavour to this year’s event and three times Paralympic Gold medal winner Stephen Miller was the Guest of Honour to open the fair and start the fun run. He was also given a charity bet by Ladbrokes for Euro 2012 in aid of The Sunshine Fund.

Other Olympic celebrations saw Coca-Cola display the torch from the Turin Games, Morpeth Antiquarian Society present a local history exhibition based on Sporting Morpeth and the Morpeth Olympic Games, and the winner of the fancy dress competition, 13-month-old Alfie Keech, will have the honour of welcoming the London 2012 Torch Relay to the town alongside Mayor Mark Horton tomorrow, as well as switch on the Christmas lights in November.

The ever popular vintage cars and Harley Davidson bikes were a hit again, visitors enjoyed the stalls and markets and High Stanners also attracted crowds with its variety of entertainment, ranging from falconry displays to paintball.

The fair is organised by the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade as its main annual fundraising event.

Chairman John Beynon said: “It was very good and there were good crowds. The numbers were possibly slightly down on last year because it was raining around Morpeth, but everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and the stallholders we have spoken to all had a good day.

“We had somewhere in the region of 80 people in the fun run, which looks like a record number for us — that event just gets bigger and bigger every year.

“The continental and farmers’ markets went down really well and Oldgate looked tremendous.

“Coca-Cola had a marquee like a Bedouin tent and there always seemed to be things going on there, and there was lots going on down the Stanners as well.

“Everyone seemed to have a fantastic day and we have made good contacts with stallholders for next year.”