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Rowell Fair: Rothwell: the proclamation reading shared by Alan Mills and Robert Denton

Monday May 23 2016 NNL-160523-212930009
Rowell Fair: Rothwell: the proclamation reading shared by Alan Mills and Robert Denton Monday May 23 2016 NNL-160523-212930009
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The new bailiff for Rothwell’s Rowell Fair Proclamation says he feels an enormous sense of pride after taking on the role.

Frank York will be the bailiff for the first time next Monday (June 12) after the death of Alan Mills last year.

Rowell Fair: Rothwell: the proclamation reading shared by Alan Mills and Robert Denton

Monday May 23 2016 NNL-160523-213759009

Rowell Fair: Rothwell: the proclamation reading shared by Alan Mills and Robert Denton Monday May 23 2016 NNL-160523-213759009

Mr York, who is Rothwell born and bred, paid tribute to his predecessor ahead of the fair.

He said: “I’ve got a hard act to follow in Alan.

“My appointed deputy (Lloyd Mills) is one of Alan’s sons so the link is going to continue.

“I’m going to raise a toast in memory of Alan when we have the first rum and milk and his wife will be riding in the carriage.”

Mr York first became involved with the Rowell Fair Society as a child, with his father one of the founders.

He says his family have always had involvement with the event.

He said: “The first recorded bailiff was one of my ancestors, but I’m not sure how many ‘greats’ back it goes.

“I think I worked it out that if you added up all of the years a relative of mine has been bailiff it’s 72 years.

“My commitment to the fair has been life-long.

“I feel an enormous sense of pride and I’m really looking forward to it.”

The fair had originally been granted permission in 1204 by King John, but the charter which is read out dates back to 1614 and the reign of King James I.

Each year the bailiff to the Lord of the Manor Zandra Powell – whose family have held the manorial title since that time – reads the charter at various sites of current and former pubs, travelling around the town on horseback.

After each reading the national anthem is played and rum and milk is served to the bailiff’s party.

Locals then attempt to disarm the halberdiers, the bailiff’s guards, in a playful scuffle as police watch on from the sidelines.

The Rowell Fair Proclamation starts at 6am.