Trinity Fayre

1928 , Southwold (Suffolk)

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Trinity Fayre, Southwold, 1928.

The film shows the arrival of the fair in a long cavalcade up Southwold High Street. The attractions are hauled by lorry, steam engine and are horse drawn. One reads 'G. Summers, Amusement Caterer, Bury St. Edmunds.' There are crowds viewing the parade that has to move over for other traffic if required. The Town Clerk reads the proclamation opening the fair, surrounded by the Mayor and other dignitaries in a large crowd. The Mayor and others are seen on the gallopers taking the first ride. A shot of the helter skelter completes the film.

Featured Events

Trinity Fayre, Southwold, 1928

Keywords

Customs and traditions; Fairs; Opening ceremonies; Processions

Intertitles

Too slow? How's this? 'Gallopin Norses' and 'Chairoplanes'.Super attraction! The mat.

Background Information

The town charter, issued by Henry VII, allowed for a three-day fair to be held in Southwold, commencing on Trinity Monday. At 12 noon, on the Monday, the Mayor and Corporation, in full regalia, officially opened the fair by reading the proclamation. After this formal opening, the Mayor and his party had the first ride. This part of the ritual was very modern, having been introduced by the serving Mayor, A.J. Critten, in 1922. The fair continues today with the Chair of the Town Council reading the proclamation; he and the Council members take the first ride. The Fayre was not allowed to enter Southwold until 8.00pm Sunday evening. Therefore its entry through the streets had taken the form of a welcome procession.

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Trinity Fayre

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