Town still in the mood for a Fair Day party

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THE Jubilee celebrations may be over, but the party mood continues in Morpeth as the town gets set for Fair Day.

The annual event returns on Sunday, packed with fairground rides, entertainment, stalls, displays, competitions and, of course, the main parade.

This year Coca-Cola is the main sponsor and will be organising events on the Market Place, including displaying the Olympic Torch from the Turin Games.

Fair Day is organised by the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade as its main fund-raiser, and this year there is more need than ever for a successful event after the group’s funds were virtually wiped out in a suspected theft.

Chairman John Beynon said: “Every year we try to increase the number and quality of attractions we have, which happens quite naturally. It just grows and grows, but it is really important this year that we have a successful year to help with the chamber funds.

“We are getting a lot of support from people. We always have chamber members coming along and volunteering for marshalling, but this year we have got more volunteers than ever and the Round Table and other organisations are helping. Other traders, who aren’t members of the chamber, are also coming along. It has been a fantastic response — it shows how much the chamber is valued in the town.

“All we need now is to keep our fingers crossed for good weather.”

The fair will be opened by Morpeth Mayor Mark Horton at 10am.

A traditional fun run, organised by Morpeth Harriers, will then take place and the fancy dress competition for children aged nine and under will begin at 11am.

This year the theme is the Olympic Games and the nations taking part, with a first prize of £25, the opportunity to turn on the Morpeth Christmas Lights and for this year only, the chance to greet the Olympic Torch Relay. Second place will win £15 and there is £10 for third, plus a small gift for every entrant.

In Oldgate there will be a Northumberland Farmers’ Market, plus continental stalls and the Mamma Mia Italian Market may return to the town. The parade will take place at noon, led by Harley Davidson bikes and classic vehicles and in High Stanners there will be falconry displays, paintball and other activities. The Main Stage hosts performers all day, including 70s folk group Prelude, and the fun fair will be held in New Market.

There will be a park and ride scheme from County Hall, with vintage buses.