Historic Easter Fair coming to Yarmouth town centre

The annual Easter Fair in Great Yarmouth Market Place.April 2015.Picture: James Bass

The annual Easter Fair in Great Yarmouth Market Place.April 2015.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

All the fun of the Easter Fair will return to Great Yarmouth town centre next week – with about 100 rides and attractions over four days.

The traditional Great Yarmouth Easter Fair held in the Market Place.The ceremonial Easter Fair key.P

The traditional Great Yarmouth Easter Fair held in the Market Place.The ceremonial Easter Fair key.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

The seasonal extravaganza, which dates back centuries, is expected to draw thousands of people to the Market Place, Fuller's Hill and Brewery Plain car parks, between Thursday, March 31 and Sunday, April 3.

The borough council is running the fair in conjunction with the Eastern Counties branch of the Showmen's Guild.

Among the rides and attractions planned this year are dodgems, Miamis, a 165ft-high bomber, fun house, and helter-skelter. There will also be other fairground attractions, including candy floss, toffee-apples and doughnuts.

The event kicks off with reduced prices rides night, on March 31, with the children's rides opening from 11am, joined by the main rides from 4pm through to 11pm.

Mayor Cllr Shirley Weymouth, will officially open the fair from the dodgems in the Market Place at 4pm, when she will hand over the ceremonial Charter Key for the duration of the fair to representatives of the Showmen's Guild.

The gold-embossed ceramic Charter Key was made by Ernie Childs, of Great Yarmouth Potteries, in 2008 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Royal Charter granted to Great Yarmouth by King John in 1208.

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The fair will continue on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, between 11am and 11pm, and on Sunday, April 3, between noon and 6pm.

Market Place, Brewery Plain and Fuller's Hill car parks will be closed from 3pm on Wednesday, March 30, with a temporary road closure on Fuller's Hill, at The Conge, down to where it joins Priory Plain.

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