Saltash May Fair 2016

The Saltash May Fair moving back to Saltash Town Centre was a major talking point leading up to the May Fair this year. The very small (4 members!) committee had to deal with huge amounts of negativity and lots of small town politics. After the May Fair on Saturday, all of that has gone, as the Saltash May Fair was a huge success with over 5,000 visitors, over 100 exhibitors and a huge range of entertainment!

The day started with FTaS Group sorting the road closures from 2am. Then the May Fair committee and Diverse Events arrived in Saltash just before sun rise to put up marquees, gazebos, decorations, munzees and everything you could think of.

Once everyone was set up, the day started to take shape with some amazing exhibitors taking over Fore Street, Victoria Gardens and Longstone Park.

The day started with the Civic Parade and Youth Parade marching up Fore Street, with the sounds of Saltash Town Band, Samba Kernow, Wreckers Morris and the chants of every youth group in Saltash! After the parade the chair of May Fair took to the stage to thank everyone for coming before the Saltash Mayor gave out some well deserved awards.

The whole day had non-stop entertainment from pop-up acoustic singers, live tag rugby, munzees, #GlamUpWithGlanville, Snapchat Stories, a dog show (which had a huge amount of dogs turn up and over ran considerably – but hey, we’re running on Cornish time!) as well as the usual Saltash May Fair traditions of morris dancers, the Arrow Barrows and Livewire.

This year also saw the welcome return of the May Pole to Saltash, which has been missing for years.

Considering this was a brand new committee of only four people and the first time the Saltash May Fair had returned to the town in over five years, it was a brilliant day.

A huge thanks to the sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors, entertainment acts, local groups and of course everyone for coming out.

Plans have already started for 2017!

“Congratulations on yesterday’s successful event. So good for the town. Thank you for all your hard work and, on behalf of Save the Children, thank you for enabling us to raise a very good total on our stall.” Rosie Dean- Save the Children

“An excellent May Fair. Congratulations to you and the committee on a great day.” Nigel Taylor – Cancer Research UK Plympton Committee Secretary