Colyton Goose Fayre returns

PUBLISHED: 14:12 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:09 16 June 2010

COLYTON Goose Fayre is back this year and villagers will be donning medieval costumes to mark the occasion.

COLYTON Goose Fayre is back this year and villagers will be donning medieval costumes to mark the occasion.

After a one year break due to work in progress, the event will take place on Saturday, September 26, at Springfield in Seaton Road.

One of the organisers, Alan Davis, said: "On the Saturday nearest to Michaelmas, the village will return to the Middle Ages and recreate an ancient fayre which started in 1207 during the reign of King John.

"At that time, the village was granted the right to hold a fayre - and continued until 1890. It was restarted in 1980, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the modern Goose Fayre."

A procession to the Fayre starts at 2pm, where the Mayor Colin Pady and his wife Val will parade through the village under a baldachin carried by four villagers.

During the afternoon, at Springfield, there will be various demonstrations of traditional country crafts, such as thatching, pottery, spinning and lace making.

People can join the Windwhistle Archers to shoot for gold, or take part in quintain (which trained knights to use a lance), skittles and a greasy pole.

A play will be put on by new producer, Nic Askew, who takes over from Jean Wakefield.

Admission for adults is £3 and free for children under 14, accompanied by an adult. An advance programme and tickets are available from Colyford Post Office.


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