Age old tradition heralds return of Michaelmas Fair to St Ives
- Credit: Archant
The annual Michaelmas Fair returned to St Ives on Monday.
In-keeping with hundreds of years of tradition, the mayor, Councillor Tim Drye, and fellow St Ives councillors handed out newly-minted coins to children to mark the occasion.
But the festivities took on a more modern twist as councillors then joined children from a ride on the dodgems, and some even enjoyed the waltzer and other fairground rides, too.
Joining town councillors on the day were mayors from surrounding towns, including Councillor Sarah Conboy, from Godmanchester, and Councillor Sarah Gifford, from Huntingdon.
The chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council, Councillor Richard West, also attended.
You may also want to watch:
It is believed there has been a regular fair in St Ives of some kind since the 12th century, when Henry I granted a charter to the Abbot of Ramsey to hold a fair at Easter. The Michaelmas Fair is believed to have started in St Ives in the middle of the 14th century.
- 1 See photos of the intricate final stages of the Huntingdon Viaduct removal
- 2 Station hub will "breathe new life" into Huntingdon
- 3 St Neots murder to feature in 24 Hours in Police Custody
- 4 Caravan wedged under Fens rail bridge
- 5 HGV crashes into car damaged in earlier incident
- 6 Gym members raise funds for children with cancer
- 7 Man, 20, rapes woman as she slept, court told
- 8 Huntingdon assistant land buyer wins graduate award from her peers
- 9 Take a sneaky peak inside the new Di Rita's at No2 restaurant in St Ives
- 10 Child rapist from St Ives has been jailed after abuse