Video: All the fun of the Mid-Lent fair in Grantham

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Grantham town centre has been buzzing this week with the sounds of music, screams and laughter.

From Sunday to Wednesday, the Mid-Lent Fair was in town, taking over Westgate, Market Place, Conduit Lane and part of Union Street.

Mid-Lent Fair, Grantham

Mid-Lent Fair, Grantham

It began, as is tradition, with a civic opening on the first day, led by Mayor of Grantham Councillor Jacky Smith, during which she read out the town’s ancient charter by the dodgems.

A large crowd gathered in front of the popular ride to watch the ceremony, 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 charter was 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.

Take at look at this video by photographer Toby Roberts.