RIPLEY’s 760th annual fair got under way last night, marking the return of some of the town’s favourite rides – along with a few new additions.
The ever popular ‘Superbowl’ ride has resumed its spot at the centre of the Market Place along with the usual dodgems and ghost-house.
The Superbowl provides thrills and spills by lifting riders into the air while spinning them round at high speed.
This year’s event also sees the arrival of a ‘rotor’ ride which pins revellers to a spinning circular wall.
The ancient fair first came to the town in 1251 during the reign of Henry III. Bernard Mitchell, secretary of the regional Showmans’ Guild, which puts on the fair every year said: “Very few towns still have a chartered fair in the Market Place – it looks like this year is going to be really good. Fingers crossed for the weather!”
The fair was due to kick-off at 6pm last night and is set to run every day until Monday. Ripley Mayor Michael Missett, who was due to officially open the event, said: “I think it is really good that Ripley has a tradition of a fair that comes once a year and it’s important that the tradition is kept alive.”