Filed under: fair
The Narrows opened during the second day of the Fair and looked to be doing a roaring trade.
However some things never change in Abingdon. There was Bell Ringing Practice on Tuesday evening at St Nics. At times they were edging it against the pumping volume of the Fairground.
Down West St Helen Street there was Pudding Night at Rosie’s Tea Room. On the menu was: poached pear with chocolate sauce, treacle tart with clotted cream, Eve’s pudding with custard – they were not tempted by candy floss or toffee apples just up the road.
And after a poor start to the season, and what seems to have been a radical change of players to cut costs, Abingdon United got their first league win, a half mile from the fair.
Thanks to Rob for sending some pictures of the Fair which has had two good days this year, and has drawn big crowds.
There were no live gold fish prizes to be won this year, but plenty of cuddly toys.
Easily the most popular creature in 2013 were Minions.
October 9, 2013
It is tradition for Abingdon people to walk the mile long street Fair, during the Sunday set up.
As usual, the Farr family stationed their Toffee Apples and Candy Floss stall near the top of West St Helen Street.
Mr Farr, aged 94, has only recently stopped working, but he still likes to come along to Abingdon Michaelmas Fair with his family. He first came to Abingdon with the Fair 94 years ago, when he slept as a baby, where his Father ran a throwing stall on the Market Place. He has been here with the Fair every year since – apart from the war years.
October 6, 2013
Not everybody likes Abingdon Fair.
It causes problems for people living in roads nearby, and people having to get through town.
That is apart from our road, West St Helen Street, where for once in the year there is no traffic. East St Helen Street gets all the traffic for a change.
People say that it would be better off in a field out of town. I dare say but on a day like today – after all the rain – a field would be muddy.
There seemed to be a lot of policemen and security men about today. Some years there is trouble. Better safe than sorry.
There were fairly good crowds tonight, despite the rain. I think the pressure to down-size Abingdon Fair is more likely to come from the fair operator. They must need to make money to attract the big rides.
Abingdon Fair does after all happen about the same time as Nottingham Goose Fair.
Anyway, for people who do suffer from the traffic or lack or parking, just one day more, then it will be gone again quicker than it came. My kids have grown up so for me there is less chance to go on rides, but I still enjoy the bright lights, the atmos fear, and the donuts.
October 8, 2012