Milverton Street Fair and Wellington Park Fete both attracted very big crowds on May Day, building on their reputation for being a really good way for people of all ages to spend the Bank Holiday.
Milverton Street Fair took over the town centre and, with dozens of stalls lining the main street and in the Victoria Rooms, plus exhibitions, a kids’ zone, local artists’ workshop, a Mad Hatters’ cafe and entertainment from jugglers and musicians, there was a huge amount to see, buy, eat, drink and do before a Kids’ Disco and a Punch and Judy Show rounded off the day.
The Fair is an annual event organised by The Milverton Trust, a registered charity that protects features of the local area of special historical or architectural interest and promotes other charitable activities for the benefit of Milverton inhabitants.
Wellington Park Fete was officially opened by Taunton Mayor Libby Lisgo and Wellington Mayor Gloria Copley, together with the organisers, the Friends of Wellington Park Committee. Local MP Jeremy Browne led Wellington Majorettes to the bandstand for the opening and two small Majorettes presented each Mayor with a basket of flowers.
This is a genuine family event, now in its 13th year, which makes use of the town’s delightful Victorian park at its most colourful. There were bouncy castles, swing boats, face painting, a foam fountain and a very popular ‘Fun Dog Show’ run by WAG – Wellington Action Group for Dogs. Wellington CCF brought their impressive climbing wall for children to try and then had themselves locked in the stocks as a reward. Stalls and stands representing community groups, clubs and charities made use of the day to promote and publicise events and raise money by selling cakes, flowers, books and bric a brac.
Iris Ellins, Secretary of Friends of Wellington Park, said, “We’re delighted with the turn-out today. We must have 40 or more different stalls, events and activities here and it’s very good to see so many involved.”