A modern twist at historic Michaelmas Fair

The Michaelmas Fayre, opens in St Ives,

The Michaelmas Fayre, opens in St Ives, - Credit: Archant

The historic Michaelmas Fair was held in St Ives on Monday.

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.”