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May Fair is on its way

The showmen will soon roll into town to put up this year's Boston May Fair.

The fair dates back to 1125, when it was one of the great trading fairs of medieval times. Merchants came from all over Europe to buy and sell at the Boston fair.

It is one of few to still be held in town centres and, in its more modern guise, is rated as being in the top five street fairs in the country. The event has a Royal Charter and is surrounded by tradition and ceremony and is rated as being in the top five street fairs in the country.

Families of showmen have been coming to Boston for generations, occupying the same pitches with their rides and stalls, which are jealously guarded.

As tradition dictates, the fair will be officially opened by the Mayor at noon on Saturday, May 5.

The town centre will be completely taken over by a wide variety of fairground attractions, including thrill rides, children's rides and food stalls until Saturday, May 12. It will be open from noon to 11pm on the first Saturday, and from 11am to 10.30pm on every other day except for the Friday, when it will be open from 11am to 11pm and on the Sunday when it will be open from 1.30pm to 9pm. Some of the bigger rides will only be available from 5pm.

The civic proclamation ceremony is attended by VIP guests including mayors and mayoresses from neighbouring authorities and representatives of the Showmen's Guild. They will then enjoy themselves on the rides - usually doing battle on the dodgems.

May Fair dominates the town centre skyline Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

May Fair means pink 'n' white Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

May Fair thrill ride Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

May Fair Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window