All for the fun of the fair says town mayor

RPley town mayor Alyn Bridge and his wife Julie take a ride on the dodgems.
RPley town mayor Alyn Bridge and his wife Julie take a ride on the dodgems.

A feast of bright lights, family fun and candy floss filled Ripley market place for the 762nd chartered fair in the town.

And the spirit of that original charter, drawn up during the reign of Henry the Third in 1251, was truly alive as town crier Terry Porter got festivities underway alongside Ripley Town Counci mayor Cllr Alwyn Bridge.

The crier, of Long Row, Belper, bellowed the words of the historic document which in its own words “allows for all time use of land in the former Manor of Rippeleg (now Ripley Market Place) for a Fair for a period of three days every year.”

After his speech a ceremonial bell, rung by the mayor, announced the start of proceedings.

Cllr Bridge said: “It was a great turn out for the opening - within about half an hour the market was bustling with people.”

After ringing the bell Cllr Bridge carried on a- slightly more recent - tradition by taking the inaugural ride on the dodgems alongside his wife Julie.

He said: “We did go on some of the other rides as well - we went on the waltzers even though I’m not very good on them!

“I just love to see the fair in action mainly.”

The 2013 fair saw the return of some recent ride favourites, such as the spinning, dipping Superbowl on Market Place , alongside long-standing favourites such as the Ghost Train and dodgems.

Despite rain threatening to soak proceedings, the wet weather largely held at bay minus some showers on Friday and Sunday. Hundreds of RIpley folk attended, with Saturday pulling the largest crowd of the four day event - which opened on Wednesday, October 23 and concluded on Sunday night.

Cllr Bridge thanked the Derby, Notts, Mid and South Lincolnshire section of the Showman’s Guild, which puts on the event, for their hard work and organisation.