All fun of fair for Devizes May celebrations

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: A youngster tries out the carousel at last year’s fair A youngster tries out the carousel at last year’s fair

Members of the Devizes Lions Club will turn back the clock on Monday, for their annual May Day fair.

Pride of place at the Victorian-themed fair, in the Market Place, will go to a period carousel.

Around it will be stalls and sideshows, including Punch and Judy, a magic show, bouncy castles, vintage cars and military vehicles, electric go-karts and groups selling their wares to raise money for good causes.

Lions will dress in period costume to collect funds for the charities they support, as entry to the event is free.

The fair spreads into the Shambles market hall and the Corn Exchange, where there will be an antiques and collectors sale.

Entertainment this year will include an Elvis impersonator, a samba band and other local performers.

The venue for the bank holiday fair has changed over the years.

The Wharf was once the centre of events and many people remember male majorettes the Majorwrecks outside the Wharf Theatre, premiering a routine that would later tour the country during the summer.

More recently, the Lions Club has concentrated its efforts in the Market Place.

Monday’s May Day fair opens at 9.30am and continues until 3pm.

Lion Jerry King said: “The club arranges the event as one of its services to the local community.

“There is no charge for entry, but club members will be collecting, as usual, for its charity funds, which are used to help worthwhile causes, mostly in the local area.”

The Lions will hand out some of the donations during a presentation evening in the town hall later this year.

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