In-keeping with hundreds of years of tradition, the mayor, Councillor Ian Jackson, handed out newly minted coins to children to mark the occasion. But the festivities took on a more modern angle as councillors then joined children from a ride on the dodgems. Assistant the mayor on the day was Christian Somogyi, mayor of St Ives twin town in Germany, Stadtallendorf. Cllr Jackson said: There has been a regular fair in St Ives of some kind since 1110 when Henry I granted a charter to the Abbot of Ramsey to hold a fair at Easter. The Michaelmas Fair is not quite that old and the right to hold the fair dates from a charter granted in the middle of the fourteenth century.