Slideshow: Grantham’s Mid-Lent Fair opened by town mayor

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Families enjoyed a sunny day out at Grantham’s Mid-Lent Fair yesterday (Sunday) following the traditional civic opening by Mayor of Grantham Councillor Jacky Smith.

Coun Smith read out the town’s ancient charter by the dodgems in Westgate at 2pm.

Mayor of Grantham Jacky Smith opens the Mid-Lent Fair in Grantham.

Mayor of Grantham Jacky Smith opens the Mid-Lent Fair in Grantham.

A large crowd gathered in front of the popular ride to watch the traditional opening, after which the mayor, deputy mayor Coun Linda Wootten, chairman of South Kesteven District Council Coun Ray Wootten and rector of St Wulfram’s Church Father Stuart Cradduck got behind the wheel for the first ride.

The fair is allowed to take place in Grantham as a result of the charter granted to the town in the 15th Century. Its history can be traced back to the charter of 1484 when Richard III granted Grantham the right to keep a prison, a Wednesday market and two fairs forever within the borough. In the past, the fair saw animal attractions and roundabouts driven by steam engines.

The fair is in Grantham until Wednesday night.

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