Traditional fair ‘brought town to life’

Hundreds of people from young to old flocked into 
Daventry town centre over the weekend as the traditional Mop Fair took place.

The fair was held over Saturday and Sunday on the Gas Works Car Park and neighbouring Hollow playing field.

Daventry's Mop Fair

Daventry's Mop Fair

Organised by Muggeridge and Sons Fair with Daventry District Council, the Mop Fair had dozens of rides and stalls for everyone including a helter skelter, trampolines, a dinosaur play house, a climbing wall, fun house, waltzers, dodgems, an orbiter and lots more.

There was also free children’s entertainment, and on Saturday afternoon cabaret artist Peter Cutler was performing on the stage set up on the playing field.

Cllr Alan Hills, DDC’s portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure, said: “I understand the Mop Fair went really well and hundreds of families came out and enjoyed the day.

“The weather was great, and I hear the atmosphere was brilliant with lots of happy children, some fantastic entertainment and there really was something for everyone.

“It’s a key date in the calendar for local residents and it really brought the town to life.”

After a long absence the Mop Fair was brought back to Daventry by the Daventry Business Partnership, but after that was wound-up in April the district council and fair organisers stepped in to ensure the popular event would continue.