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Wellington Midsummer Fayre returns – 780 years after it all began

Wellington Midsummer Fayre returns on Saturday 8 th June and promises a packed
programme of entertainment. With forty stalls filling the parish churchyard, circus activities
for children, a dozen different acts popping up around the town and a colourful costumed
procession, visitors can expect a lively day in the market town.

Now in its 17th year, today’s Midsummer Fayre is a 21st century reimagining of much older
events – Wellington’s June fairs were recorded 780 years ago in the first market charter, and
the costumed procession recreates one described in Wellington 250 years ago. Wellington
Market – whose history dates back to that same charter of 1244 – will also be getting in on
the act, with stall holders dressed on the theme of ‘traders through time’ and craft activities
for children throughout the day.

‘The whole thing is inspired by historic Wellington,’ says organiser Rob Francis, ‘But above
all it’s a celebration of Wellington today – the bands and choirs, the bakers and makers, the
community groups that make the town tick.’ Alongside a host of local performers such as the
Telfordaires and the Severn Valley Stompers, this year will see the first appearance of
roaming brass quartet The Stray Horns who perform around the UK. The full programme is
available online now (https://wellingtonh2a.org/events/wellington-midsummer-fayre/) with
printed copies set to start appearing around Wellington in mid-May.

Stalls in All Saints Churchyard will be selling food, art and crafts from local makers, with
others there to share information about community groups and projects. ‘Most of our traders
are repeat attendees and they tell us they love coming. Within 48 hours of opening stall
bookings we had filled about half our pitches, which was a record.’

There are just a couple of commercial pitches remaining – with priority going to local artist-
makers. Anyone interested in booking a space should contact the organisers through the
Wellington H2A website at www.wellingtonh2a.org.

This year’s event is supported by Wellington Town Partnership, main business sponsor DB
Roberts Estate Agents and supporting sponsors Rowton Brewery and Anthony’s of
Wellington Farm Shop.

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