Going strong 40 years on

May 26 2016

Going strong 40 years on

REDLAND May Fair celebrated its 40th anniversary last month with a mix of over 100 stalls, live music and children’s entertainment.

A sudden downpour of rain  at the start of proceedings sent visitors hurrying for shelter but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the event. Stall holders, concerned that the event would have to be cancelled, as happened in 2012,  were relieved when the skies dried up. By mid afternoon the crowds were flocking in and the sun finally made a welcome appearance.

The event was opened by Helen Wilde, High Sheriff of the county and city of Bristol and Chair of the Redland and Cotham Amenities Society, the organisation behind the May Fair.

The community event is run entirely by volunteers and takes place on the first May Bank Holiday of the year. Cream tea and cakes were on sale in the Vicarage Tea Garden as well as plants and preserves.

Both Redland Bowls Club and Redland Tennis Club were open, offering taster sessions, as well as a range of refreshments in their club houses.

A host of other stalls lined the green, selling clothes, toys, jewellery, books and bricabrac as well as organisations including Avon Wildlife.

There was plenty of entertainment for children on offer in the marquee from the mysteries of Magic Mike, the Pirate Puppet Show.to spellbinding storytelling with Cassandra Wye.

The Ambling Band and Pan Sonic Steel Pan Band entertained the crowds with their rousing music and there were performances from local choirs and musicians Partsong, Redland Wind Band and Redland Green Choir in the churchyard.

The afternoon was topped off with a lively parade from Bristol Samba, who danced their way from the children’s park all the way to the main performance area.

All the money collected at this year’s event will go towards the preservation of the Redland Green site.