Feast Fair is coming to Rushden

Grace Simons at last year's fair
Grace Simons at last year's fair

One of the county’s oldest annual fairs will roll into Rushden once again this weekend when the 96th Rushden Feast Fair opens.

The fair will run from Friday, September 14, to Saturday, September 22.

It takes place in Spencer Park, Washbrook Road, with fast rides, fairground rides and arena events.

The fair has come to Rushden every year since 1916, and is always held in September, featuring a wide variety of rides and amusements.

For the first time in 10 years the event will be officially opened by the town’s mayor, Marian Hollomon, and the chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Clive Wood.

They will officially get the event under way at 6.30pm on Friday.

They will then gather at the Railway Museum, in Station Road, for a fish and chip supper and celebratory event.

Cllr Hollomon said she was looking forward to getting this year’s proceedings under way tomorrow night.

She said: “I am privileged to be opening the fair, in this year of the Queen’s jubilee, and I am very much looking forward to it.

“I hope to reinstate the official opening of the fair as it has been more than 10 years since that took place.

“I think it is one of the oldest in the county and I think that is something to be very proud of.

“I think it is more for the youngsters. I used to always look forward to it.

“I miss the crockery king who used to stand on the other side of the road, where Subway is now.”

Rushden police see the fair as the biggest event on the town’s social calendar each year. Officers will be on patrol for the event.

Insp Vaughan Clarke, East Northamptonshire sector commander, said: “We will have a number of officers down there to ensure that people enjoy the fair sensibly and safely. Most afternoons there will be about four officers on patrol around the event and there will be more there on the busier nights.

“We see this as the biggest event in the town and we provide a presence there to facilitate families enjoying themselves, and to ensure that teenagers enjoy the event sensibly.

“I am very pleased to hear that the mayor will be opening the fair once again.”