Maypole dancing and music at annual bank holiday May Fair

May 03 2018
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THE annual May Fair, one of the best-loved spring outdoor events in Wells, will be held again on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, in the city’s historic Market Place.

It is being staged by Wells Lions as a community event and to raise vital funds for local charities and good causes. At its heart will be the traditional dancing around Somerset’s tallest maypole, performed by children from two Wells primary schools.

The free event attracts thousands of people, to watch the dancing, visit the food, craft and charity stalls, enjoy the rides and slides, and be entertained by musical performers. It starts at 10am and continues until 4pm. The Market Place will be closed to traffic for the entire day.

The maypole dancing will take place at about 2pm, when the schoolchildren will parade in costume from the Town Hall, led by Town Crier Len Sweales and accompanied by Wells Mayor John North and MP James Heappey.

Immediately before that, local dancer Tina Blackwill will demonstrate her baton-twirling skills and then invite people to join her for a free lesson, when the maypole dancing has ended.

Either side of the maypole dancing, Wells City Band will perform two sets, and the day’s entertainment will start at 10am with an invitation workshop of Djembe drumming, with expert instruction given free by Mendip All Drummers.

Throughout the day there will be a variety of stalls selling food, drink and local crafts, with local charities also represented, raising funds for their own causes. For the children, there will be rides and slides.

The event is free to attend, but Wells Lions hope people will be generous with their donations. The club’s president, Paul Clegg, said: “We have been staging this event for many years now, and it remains one of the city’s most popular days out.

“It’s a way for us to support our wonderful community by giving them a fun day, and it also helps us to raise money which benefits local charities and good causes. We hope, once again, to see a packed Market Place.”

For more information about the work of Wells Lions or about the May Fair itself, visit the Wells Lions Facebook page, email millerburt@btinternet.com, or telephone 01458 210926.