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The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Friday, 5 October 2007

Street Fair


Every year we get a similar letter:

Dear Sir/Madam

ABINGDON MICHAELMAS STREET FAIR 2007.

You may be aware that this year's Michaelmas Street Fair will run on 8 and 9 October....

The congestion...may increase slightly the time it takes to respond to your property in the event of a fire... extra vigilent...

...We are aware that the Fair does cause inconvenience to residents. We thankyou in anticipation of you co-operation.


The rides have started arriving. here is one pictured near the Drayton Road Bridge, with the caravans and trailers of fairground people behind.

9 Comments:

Blogger Martin G said...

I used to work on Ock Street and my wife still does. We have now got to the stage of taking the two days of the fair as holiday to avoid the hassle. I know it is enshrined in law that this fair must take place, but I am sure it is not what was originally envisioned by the local employers looking for new apprentices.
I wonder how the new inhabitants of The Brewery feel about it?

5 October 2007 08:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they should ban the fair, because it's gonna make me late for my delivery to Abingdon School.
Who needs fairs in this day and age...it should be scrapped to make way for more cars!.

8 October 2007 04:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i live in Ock Street and have done for 3 years.
Iv taken the decision to move out.
Iv become so frustrated with the Council.
We have continual traffic backed up Ock street and at a standstill all day long then the road is closed so the council can rake-in thousands of pounds in revenue from a fair.
i agree its traditional but a multi-million pound funfair playing loud music 10m from my door is just wrong.
When someone profits from inconvieniencing its rate payers there is something wrong.

Guy W

8 October 2007 16:16  
Anonymous Lee Matthews said...

The fair should be moved to the fields outside of the town.
It is no longer the "hiring" fair that it started as, and has adapted itself into the money making inconvenience it is now.
Having the fair in the outlying fields would be a "fair" compromise.

18 November 2007 11:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi im Jack Barlow and i go to Larkmead School and i think the fair is the best but however the only problem is the emergency services cant make there way down ock street and all the sreets in abingdon because they are allways blocked up, ithink the fair should be moved to the fields off millroad!

3 October 2008 14:58  
Anonymous jack said...

Guys, you need to chill, TWO DAYS it's there for, not a year. Deal with it, there are more important things in the world that need sorting out than the abingdon fair

7 October 2008 17:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this fair is the best hilight of the year i love it xx

19 August 2009 04:23  
Blogger grandmakaren said...

GIVE IT A REST.THE FAIR ONLY COMES ONCE A YEAR FOR FAMILIES TO ENJOY AND ALSO BRINGS BACK CHILDHOOD MEMORIES FOR GRANDPARENTS.
IT BRIONGS FAMILIES TOGETHER FOR THIS ANNUAL FAIR TO GET TOGETHER AND ENJOY

8 September 2009 13:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like it move! the Michaelmas Fair has been here since the mid 14th century and is a much loved tradition to the town and those who have grown up here. As for your rounds or being late for work, you knwo the fair will be here every october so make time or take another route! I for one would hate to see this tradition and a part of Abingdons heritage lost due to "outsiders" coming in. This is the longest street fair in europe and I for one am proud to be part of it. It's here for 2 days that's all.

29 September 2009 13:38  

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