Penryn Fair Day
Penryn Fair Day Saturday 29th August 2015
Penryn Town Fair held its first fair in 1978. August has been the traditional time for the fair to be held on the last Saturday of this month.
The idea to hold a fair was Mrs Rosemary Ashwin's, who was Mayoress at the time. Her husband Mr John Ashwin was Mayor and for a time was a County Councillor.
Rosemary had the idea from the old charter fairs which were held in the town. The very first fair raised some £3000 which was donated to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
The Chamber of Commerce supported the Town Fair as did members of Penryn Town Council and over the years thousands of pounds have been raised for local charities.
A variety of celebrities have opened the Town Fair over the years, including Alvin Stardust's wife Lisa Goddard, whose father lived in and owned the old dairy in the street. A list of fair day openers is available on request.
The roads were not closed for the very first Fair Day but many people came and supported the event making it difficult for the cars to drive through the town. Due to the high volume of visitors, Penryn Fair Day now requires a road closure for the event.
Ken Gill our poet of Penryn has written poems about Penryn Fair, Georgio Biagini wrote music for the Fair and much has been written in the local newspapers each year.
Over the years there have been many positive comments from visitors about Fair Day and it is a perfect opportunity for residents to catch up with old friends and neighbours over a welcome cup of tea and slice of delicious homemade cake. It is also well known that the sun often shines for Fair Day, so we hope to see you next year!
Today's Fair is made up of mostly charity stalls, and a lot of them come back year after year such as the Penryn WI, St Gluvias Church, and the Royal British Legion Penryn Branch. The Methodist Chapel also support the event by way of a flower festival or craft exhibition. The museum provides support by way of volunteers being present and available for questions in the musuem and the Penryn Camera Club take over the Town Hall with a superb photography exhibition.
Music is played throughout the street down to the Memorial Gardens. Street entertainment enhances the Fair, along with mobile refreshments.
A very small committee meets throughout the year to plan Fair Day, and we welcome new ideas and any help we recieve on the day.
Please ring Councillor Mary May on 01326 377390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become part of this fantastic occasion.