All the fun of Southwold Charter Fair
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Pomp and pageantry were on display as a popular seaside town opened its annual Charter Fair with a traditional ceremony.
Led by newly re-elected town mayor, Melanie Tucker, Southwold once again honoured carnival custom at this year's Charter Fair.
Councillor Tucker was accompanied by fellow councillors, town bellman John Barber and Suffolk's Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Jupp, for a procession from the town hall to South Green Thursday (June 2) morning.
Despite windy weather conditions townsfolk and holidaymakers were out in force to view the ceremonial procession- taking many photographs in the process.
After climbing aboard the Stock's Funfair ride, the fair charter was read by town clerk Lesley Beevor – the origins of which date back to a charter granted by Henry VII in the 15th century; which marked the official opening of the fair.
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Funfair organiser Henry Stocks, 53, said: 'I have been coming to Southwold all my life and in total my family has been coming here for 150 years.
'People always appreciate the fair being here and it is important these traditions are maintained; it really is part of the character and charm of Southwold.
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The reading of the charter was then followed by a rendition of the national anthem before Ms Tucker, Mr Jupp and many members of Southwold Town Council were joined by children for a free ride on the fair dodgems.
Whoops of excitement from spectators and participants alike ensued with chaotic clashes between bumper cars; which Cllr Sue Allen explained was 'all good fun and our yearly entertainment'
The procession then made its way back up the high street before arriving at the town hall for the Charter Lunch.
Deputy Chief Constable, Stephen Jupp, added: 'It is wonderful to uphold these traditions and events that make Southwold the great place that it is, not only for residents but for all who visit.'