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Bridgwater Fair starts today
THE South-West’s largest travelling funfair is back in Bridgwater today.
The fair, which runs until Saturday night, was opened this morning by Sedgemoor District Council chairman Peter Downing, and Mayor of Bridgwater, Dave Loveridge.
Mercury photographer Jeff Searle has been down to Fair Field to capture some of the action, as these photos show.
The Showman’s Guild has brought some 30 rides to St Matthew’s Field, including old favourites such as Froggit, Miami Trip, Top Spin and Orbiter, together with 15 children’s rides and about 50 hoopla and side stalls.
As well as the rides and stalls on the Fair Field, there will be plenty going on along West Street.
A Sedgemoor District Council spokesman said: “A small but dedicated team at Sedgemoor District Council has been working behind the scenes to help stage the Fair.
“Sedgemoor District Council organises, lets out and sets out the street market in West Street, which includes over 100 stalls selling everything from annual flower bulbs to zoo prints.
“In addition on the first day, Wednesday, there is an additional market at the top end of the field with another 100 stalls. A small horse fair is also run on the first day.
“Members of the public are asked not to buy puppies, rabbits or other small pets which may be offered for sale during the one-day market.
“Pet ownership and future welfare of animals should be taken seriously and not because they look ‘cute’ at the time. Sedgemoor’s dog wardens will be on hand to stop any illegal selling of puppies and other pets.
“Only horses and ponies are legally for sale.”
The council will also have an information stand in West Street today between 11am and 7.30pm, and people will have an opportunity to have a say on the authority’s budget for next year.
West Street and adjoining roads will be closed until Sunday.
The Rotary Club of Sedgemoor will be providing car parking on St Matthew’s Field, with extra parking at the YMCA in Friarn Avenue, and at Bridgwater Cricket Club in Durleigh Road.
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