Fun for all at 762nd annual Ripley Fair

Ripley Town Fair 2011
Ripley Town Fair 2011

A soggy forecast won’t deter revellers from enjoying the The 762nd annual Ripley Fair this weekend according to the Showman’s Guild.

This year’s event was due to see all the usual thrills and spills return tot Ripley Market Place and the car park of the Pear Tree pub on Derby Road from last night, Wednesday, October 24.

But despite forecasters predicting a damp few days ahead, secretary of the Derby, Notts, Mid and South Lincolnshire section of the Showman’s Guild, which puts on the event, Bernard Mitchell said rain is unlikely to stop play.

He said: “The rides in the market place are quite low level - not the tall thrill rides like at Nottingham Goose Fair - if it throws it down it will be business as usual. Showmen don’t stop for a bit of rain!”

Mayor of Ripley Cllr Alwyn Bridge was due to open proceedings at 6pm last night.

In a return to tradition a town crier - otherwise known as Terry Porter of Belper- was due to attend the opening by proclaiming the words of the official charter established in 1251 under the reign of Henry the Third. The charter “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.”

This year’s event is set to run until Sunday night.