Corby Pole Fair LIVE - follow all the action from the 2022 pole fair with us TODAY

It’s been a 20-year wait, but it’s finally time for the Corby Pole Fair

The Corby Pole Fair 2022
The Corby Pole Fair 2022

The Corby Pole Fair 2022 is under way – and you can watch all the action from home with the Northants Telegraph.

Corby Pole Fair 2022

Last updated: Friday, 03 June, 2022, 09:11

  • Our reporters on the ground will be providing full coverage from 5am including the Charter reading, processions, and the legendary ‘stang’.
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The strange origins of Corby Pole Fair

Nobody is 100% sure of the origins of the Corby Pole Fair, which is steeped in legend. One theory is that is goes back to the13th century, while others believe it started in 1585 when Queen Elizabeth I was rescued from a bog by Corby villagers.

In the 17th century, Charles II granted the town a charter and that is when better records began to be kept.

The fair as we know it began with the Victorians and always takes place on a Friday. It merges traditions from Corby’s British, Viking and Scottish roots.

One of the traditions, climbing the greasy pole, has been thwarted by health and safety this year after the committee couldn’t find an insurer.

But a ceremonial pole has been erected nonetheless in the Charter Field in the Old Village

The village’s oldest resident

Here’s our piece about Corby Village’s Oldest resident June, 85, who has taken part in five pole fairs and qualifies to be carried through the streets of the village in a chair, along with the mayor and the vicar. Her journey will begin 6am.

In a few minutes you will hear the bells of St John The Baptist CE Church ring out to herald the start of the Pole Fair. There’s been a church here since at least the12th century. When the Domesday Book was written in 1086, there were just 11 households in Corby. There’s now a population of more than 60,000 - and it’s the fastest growing borough outside of London.

It’s a beautiful day for a Pole Fair

This beautiful arch features hand-crocheted flowers made by local people

The organising committee has really pulled out the stops for this year’s Corby Pole Fair. After all it only happens once every 20 years! You can find a flip-book programme here

The Charter Reading

Here’s this morning’s first Charter reading by Vicar of Corby Reverend Paul Frost. It started at 6am and hundreds of locals turned out to see it

Here’s mayor Taffy Chikoto, Reverend Paul Frost and the village’s oldest resident June Thomson being carried through the streets of the village - an old Pole Fair tradition.

Here’s a map and outline of what’s happening today

If you’re heading down here today, you can park at the far end of the Asda car park or in the Station Car Park. There is also parking in side streets not too far away and parking within about a 15 minute walk in the town centre.

If you’re staying less than three hours, Tesco also has plenty of parking. Here’s a list of road closures.

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