Roads closed as annual charter fair rolls into town this weekend

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Buckingham’s annual Charter Fair rolls into town again this weekend.

From 6am on Friday to midday on Sunday, a road closure is in place for Market Hill, Market Square and the High Street.

Buckingham’s deputy mayor Lisa O’Donoghue will be by the dodgems with the town crier to declare the fair open at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday.

For the first hour, free rides provided by the showman will be available to local disabled children.

Local organisations such as Riding For The Disabled, Furze Down School, Mencap and Clearly Speaking have benefited from the free rides in the past. If you have a disabled child and would like them to join in the free rides, call Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426.

Buckingham’s first charter to hold the annual market or fair, was given by Mary I in 1554 and the second charter was given by Charles II in 1658. The charter was only granted to hold fairs on a Saturday and not any other day.

Today, the fair arrives on the Friday to set up, and leaves early on the Sunday morning. The fair will return next weekend and the same traffic restriction will be in place.