DEVIZES Lions are celebrating a roaring success at their traditional May Day Fair that was held in the Market Place on Monday.

A large number of people turned out to support the event which two years ago was prevented from taking place after a row over red tape with Wiltshire Council.

At the time the Lions found new demands for safety and security measures too difficult to deal with as its ranks of volunteers were dwindling.

But this year the club's own stalwarts were swelled by members of Devizes Rotary Club, Marlborough Lions and clean-up group CUDS.

Devizes Lion Tony Scorer said: "The Club was delighted with the support from the public for the May Day Fair – it was great turn out and many people came up to me commenting that it was 'The Friendly Fair'.

"Re-introduced this year were a well-supported plant stall and a tombola, both of which proved popular.

"These were popular along with the usual traditional attractions and contributions from other stalls holders."

It is expected the fair will have raised more than £1,600 that will go to good causes in the town.

Mr Scorer said: "This rewards all the time and effort put in by members and club friends, but more importantly it is an event for the local community to enjoy.

The club was also welcomed the support of the other groups in making the day run smoothly."

He said it was the first May Fair since Devizes Town Council took over control of the Market Place from Wiltshire Council and thanked it for support along with Grist Environmental who provided equipment.

He said: "Without such help it would not be possible to run this most enjoyable event."