Sunday, 20 June 2021

Return of the May Fair

THOUSANDS of people attended the Henley May Fair on bank holiday Monday.

THOUSANDS of people attended the Henley May Fair on bank holiday Monday.

The event in Mill Meadows took place on one of the hottest days of the year so far — a stark contrast to last year when it was cancelled after flood alerts were issued.

Many families enjoyed picnics on the grass while listening to folk and pop band Hickory Pie perform on the bandstand.

Attractions included fairground rides, swingball, face-painting, stalls, ferret racing, refreshment tents, bouncy castles and a huge inflatable slide.

New for this year was a children’s king and queen fancy dress competition and a children’s baking competition.

James Fox, three, of St Andrew’s Road, Henley, was crowned king and Matilda Macartney, six, from Nettlebed, was crowned queen. In the baking contest, Charlotte Fox won the traybake and cupcake categories, Leah Parsons, 13, won the biscuits category, Sidni Brener, 10, won the big cake category and Georgie Pike, four, won the cupcake category.

Henley Lions’ usual duck derby was replaced by a human fruit machine. Members of the group picked pieces of fruit at random and players won a toy lion if all three chose the same fruit.

The fair, which was organised by Henley Round Table, raised £1,995, which will go to local charities.

Rob Tatman, chairman of Henley Round Table, estimated that about 2,500 people attended the event.

He said: “We are delighted that the weather was fantastic and that so many people enjoyed themselves at this great event. It was great to be back.”

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