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Riding of the Fair in Yarm

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I was invited to the Riding of the Fair in Yarm today - the civic event that marks many hundreds of years of a charter fair on the High Street. 

We began with prayers, the singing of Jerusalem and a blessing on the dodgems, as you do. 

The civic party was drawn by a steam engine around the centre of the town, stopping at key points for a proclamation to be read by Cllr Peter Monck, Chairman of the Town Council, accompanied by bailiff and horn blower.

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Finally there was a lovely lunch in the Fellowship Hall where we were addressed by a great range of dignitaries including office holders from the Showmen's Guild.

Throughout my teens Yarm Fair was unquestionably the highlight of the year; the rides, the crowds, the lights, the music and the fortune telling. We looked forward to it more than anything else.

It was a privilege to see it from another and different angle today. Thanks so much to Yarm Town councillors for the invitation and to Marjorie Simpson for her warm words.

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commented 2014-10-18 18:29:56 +0100
We had a good day Louise and I am so glad that you could attend. I think there are many people who still live in Yarm who remember you as a very popular school friend, You seemed to fit in very well today and I am thankful for the number of people who spoke to SBC officers to say how well the area around the Town Hall appears now and from one gentleman born and bred in Yarm who says "It has never looked as good as it is now.

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