Excitement as charter fair hits town

Buckingham Charter Fair.Super Star ride.'111015M-C133
Buckingham Charter Fair.Super Star ride.'111015M-C133

BUMPER cars, sideshows and all the rides you can think of were at the first weekend of the Buckingham Charter Fair.

The town’s first charter to hold the annual market or fair was given by Mary I in 1554 with the second charter given by Charles II in 1658.

The Royal Charters give the townspeople Tuesday and Saturday markets and the charter fair.

Although the charter was only granted to the town to hold fairs on a Saturday, the fair arrived on Friday to set up and left on Sunday morning.

Town clerk Chris Wayman, said the event was not only popular with people in the town on the day, it also attracted the interest of a bride and groom who were getting married in the town hall.

He said: “We had people there throughout the day and into the night. It was helped by the really good weather we had and the people in the town really came out for it.

“We had a couple of new rides and it went really well.

“There had been a wedding in the town hall and the bride and groom came out in their wedding gear and went on the dodgems.”

Mayor Mike Smith officially opened the event and even took a turn on the dodgems.

The charter fair will return to set up in Buckingham town centre today, Friday, and will be open tomorrow, Saturday. Town centre roads will be closed from 6am today until noon on Sunday.