Wellington turned out in force for the annual Street Fair. Warm sunshine, free entertainment, dozens of stalls selling all manner of goods and refreshments: what was not to like? Plus the spectacle of a WW2 Lancaster bomber flying low over the town centre.The Fair raises vital funds for Wellington Carnival from the sale of pitches. It is so popular that all available sites were booked weeks ago. Carnival chair Dave Rylatt and Secretary Louises Brierley said they were delighted with the response from stallholders and the public.
Town mayor Cllr Gary James and his wife opened the Fair, accompanied by Wellington Carnival Royalty, before the town’s Majorettes – now numbering 48 children and 6 adults – led the entertainment.
Local organisations – including the Wellington branch of the Royal British Legion, complete with a vintage Austin 7 and Harley-Davidson motor bikes, Wellington Rotary Club, Alzheimer’s awareness charity Reminiscence Learning, churches, sports clubs, and St John’s Ambulance – were all represented and busy throughout the day and queues formed for ice cream. The Green Dragon and Rule 7 wine bar added to the range of food and drink available at the stalls. The ever-popular hog roast was reduced to bare bones long before the end of the Fair.
Two bouncy castles, a Play Bus and an inflated play dome kept children occupied and three stages – two in the High St and one in South St – provided non-stop entertainment for families. Nigel and his enormous dinosaur put in a welcome guest appearance.
Carnival Chair Dave Rylatt commented that “he was astounded at the diverse range of goods on offer from traders at this years’ fair. The free entertainment provided by local groups was absolutely outstanding, there is so much talent evident on our doorstep. A couple of highlights from my perspective were for Nigel Phillips and his walking Dinosaur, and of course the resurrected Elvis who wowed the crowds in South Street again (Elvis will be back in Wellington on June 23rd at Wellington Football Club – email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details). Whilst it was a busy day for the stallholders, it was lovely to see local businesses that opened on the day to be seen to be doing a roaring trade – I popped into Rule 7 and the Green Dragon a couple of times, there were queues 10 deep at the bars.
“The small but very loyal bunch of volunteers who help us should be commended for their efforts for what was a very long day, they started at 430am, and we finally managed to open roads back to normality by 6pm, with another couple of hours clearning up.” Oh, some people might have also noticed that a fairly large plane made three passes over our town at 235pm, and three other planes flew over at 5pm. We are very grateful to the RAF Memorial Flight team for making Wellington Street Fair 2018 such a memorable occasion.
“The atmosphere of the event was amazing, and very positive – credit for this is mainly due to event organiser Louise Brierley who is also having to contend with living out of boxes whilst waiting for her house move. The bunting provided by Terry Milton also helped of course in contributing to the ambiance. Wellington Majorettes also need thanking as not only did they perform a superb routine, they also provide much needed support to our limited supporters.
“The event (run by volunteers) is the main fund raiser for Wellington Carnival which takes place on September 29th 2018, we estimate that we will have raised around £2,500 which we hope will cover our insurance costs for this year.”