Sir George opened the two-day Michaelmas Fair at the Weyhill Fairgound.
"This event was organised by the Community Interest Company, which now runs the fairground. The CIC is basically a collective of the tenants who work in the shops there. It was an enormous success, re-creating the atmosphere of the original Weyhill Fairs that took place centuries ago. A number of people were dressed in traditional costumes, and with the background fairground organ music, and the smell of pork from the spit, it was all very authentic."
"Beer was available, brewed in the traditional way, but there was none of the rowdy behaviour that characterised the fair in the old days."
The crafts that were demonstrated included a hurdler, a farrier, a thatcher, a pole lathe turner (shown in one of the photos) a broom maker. a saddler, a willow basket maker and a quilter.
"There was plenty for the children, with a helter-skelter and a traditional merry-go-round, and horses and miniature ponies to ride. Punch and Judy were available in the Village Hall, and the Kennet Morris Dancers danced in the afternoon."
I hope that those who enjoyed the week-end will go back to the fairground and buy from the craft shops that are there during the week.