Barnstaple Fair Proclamation Ceremony
The Barnstaple Fair Proclamation Ceremony 2015 was held on Wednesday the 16th September in the Barnstaple Guildhall’s main chamber.
The guest speakers were Mr John Culine MBE, Senior Vice President of the Showmen’s Guild, who proposed the toast “Barnstaple Fair”. The response was given by the Reverend Sue Macbeth, County Ecumenical Officer, Churches Together in Devon.
Mr James Morrish ALAA, Auctioneer, PR & Marketing for Kivells, proposed the toast “The Prosperity of Barnstaple”, with Mr Andrew Keeble, Editor of the North Devon Gazette, responding.
The toast “Our Guests” was proposed by the Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Mrs Val Elkins, which included a special mention for Mr John Cook, acknowledging his long service to the Council as he steps down as Mace Bearer, and in recognition of his 40 Years decorating the Floral Arch for the opening of Barnstaple Fair. The response to the toast was given by Cllr George Squires, Mayor of Ilfracombe.
After the ceremony the civic procession made its way from the Guildhall, where outside the proclamation was read by the Town Clerk, Mr Will Austin, and repeated again at the sites of the old South Gate and West Gates of the town.
The Barnstaple Fair Luncheon was held at the Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Road, where guest speaker, Todd Gray, talked about the Town's Charters and the importance of keeping the local records office in North Devon, a subject that is strongly supported by the Town Council.
Following the Luncheon The Mayor, Councillors and guests travelled to the fairground site at Seven Brethren where they enjoyed the rides and the hospitality of the Showmen’s Guild.
The Town Clerk declares the Fair Open.
View the Barnstaple Fair Proclamation Ceremony photo album
Ceremony Photos by Tom Teegan ©Barnstaple Town Council.
This Thursday morning event proved as popular as ever with many children and adults with physical and learning disabilities attending the Special Fair.
The annual event, now in its 14th year, is made possible by the Showmen’s Guild and organised by the Town Council.
All attending had the opportunity to experience the thrills of the rides of the fairground, all with assistance on hand. Candy Floss and a toy, as a memento of the day, were given out by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mrs Julie Hunt and Councillor Mrs Sue Haywood.
The Town Council is grateful to the Showmen’s Guild for their generosity and time in staging this event.
The Special Fair.
Left to Right: Councillor Mrs Sue Haywood,
Deputy Mayor - Councillor Mrs Julie Hunt
and the Town Council's Corporate Services Manager - Claire Parsons.
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