All the fun of the fair

The annual Buckingham Charter Fair got off to a fun-filled start last weekend and is set to bring even more cheer to the town when it returns on Saturday.

More than 80 stalls and rides were squeezed into Buckingham Market Square, Market Hill and the High Street last Saturday, attracting excited crowds despite wind and rain.

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The fair was opened at 1pm by town crier Russell Cross who stood by the dodgems alongside town mayor Ruth Newell.

Buckingham town councillor Robin Stuchbury said: “The fair is good fun every year and a great opportunity to meet new friends. The best way to get to know a town is to be a part of it.”

Buckingham first hosted a charter fair in 1554 under the direction of Mary I.

A second charter followed in 1658 when Charles II allowed Buckingham to hold annual fairs on a Saturday.

The fair has been run by Nichols Brothers Amusements for the past 80 years and the showmen traditionally offer free rides to local disabled children during the first hour.

The fair will again set up in Buckingham on Friday, ahead of its opening on Saturday at 2pm. The fair will be open until about midnight.