PREVIEW: Louth Victorian Family Fayre

LOUTH people have turned out in force to support the Victorian Family Fayre this Sunday, October 23.

The Mayor, Coun Brian Burnett, will officially open the event at 10am after being introduced by the Town Manager, Alison (Ali) Hall.

Ali will then help Louth Town Partnership chairman Peter Atterby judge the best stall at the fayre, while judges for the best costumes will be Town Clerk Linda Blankley and Jean Howard, who runs the Louth Museum.

Town Coun Andrew Leonard has organised the antiques valuation at the Town Hall starring Colin Young of TV’s Bargain Hunt, while another councillor, Sue Locking, is running the Treasure Hunt.

George Horton, who sits on both Louth and East Lindsey District councils, will act as MC with assistance during the six-hour event from Patrick Neville, vice-chairman of the Louth Town Partnership and leader of its events team that organises the Fayre.

Louth engineer and steam engine enthusiast Glyn Macdonald will have his fairground organ playing popular tunes on the Fish Shambles, while 65 market traders from all over Lincolnshire will dress up in Victorian costume for the day.

Mercer Row butcher Trevor Fairburn will again put on his popular hog roast and have his Victorian sausages on sale.

The Indoor Market and many town centre shops normally closed on a Sunday will open especially for the event.

There will be live entertainment throughout the day including Punch & Judy for the children, plenty of music and a tombola stall organised by Lorraine Gale.

Those adults and children wishing to enter the competition for the best Victorian costumes are asked to register on arrival at the Information Point in the Market Place where Caroline Rood will sign them in.

The organisers thank everyone supporting this year’s Fayre, including St John Ambulance, the Police Cadets, Lions, Rotary, Ben Young of Cobbles Bar and Chris Pocklington of Pockingtons Bakery.