A VARIED and vibrant scene greeted local people and holiday makers in Northam on Saturday, as the town’s recently revived May Fair went off with a clash of swords and a dance or two.
This year saw the traditional annual celebration, revived in 2012 by Northam Community Association and St Margaret's Church – both in Fore Street – hold a new food market with local produce being bought and sampled.
There was a wide variety of stalls and entertainment on offer at the event including a majorettes display by Tarka Starlightz, a performance by Appledore Singers, street entertainment by Britain’s Got Talent contestant, juggler, escapologist and all round wizard Merlin Cadogan and a display of sword fighting by the Devon Medieval Combat Alliance.
John Tremain, treasurer of the Northam Community Association, said: “Everybody enjoyed themselves; there were lots of smiles on faces.
“The food court sold out of products, lots of food was eaten on the day and it was all about the variety.”
He added: “The fighting display was brilliant; it was full-on broad sword fighting. Each man got kids on their side and they all screamed for each fighter, it was wonderfully noisy.”
The day’s events kicked off with the crowning of the May Queen and King by Mr Cadogan. They were Bella Dorrell and Harry Powe from Northam St George’s School, which was heavily involved with its pupils performing a traditional maypole dance.
Mr Tremain estimated 1,000 people attended the event, and said community groups such as the Children’s Hospice South West and the North Devon Hospice used the good cheer to raise funds for their vital services.
Mr Tremain added: “Same again next year, we have already taken bookings and we hope to expand it. It means a lot to the town.”
He said a small fairground in the church car park this year could be expanded, as the church and local councillors are open to the idea of closing a road to make more space for the event in 2015.