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Northallerton's September Fair will resume next year
ORGANISERS of a controversial autumn street fair dating back over 800 years have abandoned this year's event - but promise it will return next year.
Northallerton’s September Fair was revived last year by the Crow family who have run funfairs across the region for 165 years.
But there were concerns from some traders, who protested they had not been consulted and that the fair caused parking problems and disruption which led to the setting up of the town’s Retail and Business forum.
Ryan Crow said they did plan to make it an annual event but last minute changes meant there wasn’t sufficient time to consult this year.
However, he added:” Plans are already underway for the Fair in 2014. It will run from 11 to 14 September, and once more our aim will be to encourage people into the town and make it into a spectacular event – not just a fun fair.
“We’d like to make use of the Town Square as an exhibition area for local businesses to use over the four days in whichever ways they find appropriate, for example fashion shows, food and drink tastings and more.
“We are also planning plenty of free entertainment, with favourite children’s characters, clowns, jugglers, face painting, stilt walkers and more.”
“We will endeavour to cause as little disruption as possible with next year’s event and really want to bring extra visitors and revenue into the town. I want to start consulting with our neighbours and fellow businesses now – a full year ahead – to ensure we are ready for a fantastic event next year.”
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