Sun shines on a Royal May Fair

Organisers of today's May Fair certainly provided a community event for the village to remember as this year's Alderley Edge May Fair took place on the same day as the Royal Wedding.

Now in its 8th year, the ever popular event benefited from glorious sunshine on Saturday, May 19th and having clashed with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding the organisers adopted the Royal theme to make it a right a royal occasion.

Celebrations kicked off with the May Fair parade through the village centre led by the Town Crier and Alderley Edge Scout Band, featuring local organisations and lots of children dressed as princes and princesses, or brides and grooms.

The May Queen 12-year-old Maisey was accompanied in the parade by two princesses, Alice, age 7, and Iris, age 5, along with former Rose Queens.

Maisey said "I loved it! It was an honour to be the May Queen. The two princesses, Alice and Iris are very cute and I enjoyed travelling through the village with them. The fair was really fun and I danced on the stage with my dance school. All the rides were amazing!"

Afterwards crowds gathered in the park to enjoy the Royal Wedding together, which was shown on 15m giant screen, along with fairground rides, the National Festival Circus, live music and dance performances and the fun dog show.

Paul Marshall, Chairman of the organising committee said "The plans for the fair began in September, and we worked harder than ever to make this one special. And I think that it was special. We brought back the Circus, grew the parade, invited previous Rose Queens, added Dan's Cannons, expanded the stage and threw in a Royal Wedding to improve the party.

"I can't thank our team of volunteers enough. From the May Fair Dance, 5 a side football, Fun Run, Bowls, Music and Dance from local schools, parade, stage entertainment, catering and park layout - plus the hidden stuff like marketing, website design, copywriting, budgeting and volunteer arm-twisting, it's all been covered.

"The weather makes things easier but I know that this May Fair would have been fun whatever had happened. The village, as always, supported us. The local traders, residents, primary school, sponsors and talent came together to make this fair a memorable one, and I hope the village enjoyed it."

Alderley Edge May Fair


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Helen Gaughan
Sunday 20th May 2018 at 6:10 pm
What an amazing day !!! Massive congratulations and thanks to Liz and Paul Marshall , Christine Munroe , Mitch Gilbert , Alderley Edge in Bloom all of the sponsors and everyone else who made this year's fair such a fantastic success ...... As most people know I usually work on Saturdays so it was a massive treat for me to enjoy watching the wedding with my friends on the big screen !!! How wonderful to see our park so busy , a fine example of a true community spirited event .... Ice buckets and cushions being shared ( and sun cream !! ) children playing together , everyone enjoying the rides .... And of course how lucky were with the glorious weather ?? Thanks once again to everyone who volunteers their time to ensure we all had a lovely day !!!
Duncan Herald
Monday 21st May 2018 at 6:00 pm
I didn't get there, but all to whom I speak say it was very good indeed.
Congrats to all concerned.
Winter/xmas market?
Bier Fest?
Kath Foster
Monday 21st May 2018 at 6:47 pm
What an amazing day! Congratualtions to everyone who helped organise it - so much work goes on begind the scenes, thank you all
Jan Davies
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 3:09 pm
Congratulations to all the organisers of the May Fair. It was a great day with a happy ‘village’ atmosphere.
Richard Fitzwilliam
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 3:49 pm
A fabulous day – well done to the organising team.
Strange how over 1,000+ people managed to park in the village at the same time; and with several spaces taken up with our sinkhole.
Juliette Marshall
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 8:51 pm
What a fantastic weekend, 3 generations loved it all. Many thanks to everyone who organised it.