One of the biggest events in the Alderley Edge social calendar is almost here and organisers are keeping their fingers crossed that the weather will be good for the big day, which has been months in the planning.
The final preparations are in hand for the second Alderley Edge May Fair which takes place on Saturday, 19th May.
This great community event kicks off with a parade through the village. About 500 people will be taking part in this year's parade which will depart from the Festival Hall at 11am and proceed along Talbot Road, Moss Lane, Trafford Road, Chapel Road, London Road and Ryleys Lane into the park.
All children wishing to enter the fancy dress competition need to be at the Festival Hall by 10.30am in order to enter the procession and the competition. The theme for this year's May Fair is The Olympics, but some wizardy outfits are always welcome. The competition will be judged in the park by Cllr Melanie Connor and Cllr Sue Joseph, of Alderley Edge Parish Council.
There will be a whole host of attractions in the park, including fairground rides, dancers, shire horses, dog displays, Punch and Judy, bouncy castles, birds of prey, bowling and tug of war.
A special children's party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will be starting at 4.30pm in the marquee. Party games and entertainment has been organised, and there will also be clowns, Punch and Judy, a balloon artist, party food and a gift for each child to take home. Tickets, priced £1 each, are selling out fast as the party can only accommodate 96 children, for health and safety reasons, so anyone wanting a ticket must email Christine Munro, or call her on or call her on 01625 251753, to make sure you don't miss out.
Organiser Christine Munro said "I hope all the visitors to the park have a really enjoyable day, the entertainers have fun, the sun shines and the traders on the park and in the village have a successful day.
"I hope all the volunteers who have helped to make it happen don't find it too much work and too difficult on the day, and I would like to say thank you to all of them for all the effort and dedication they have put into the event so far.
Speaking about why she wanted to organise the May Fair, Christine added "At the moment I am thinking I must have been mad!! I thought it would have been easier the second time around but that has not been the case. The event this year has produced so many problems and has given me lots of sleepless nights and headaches but I am sure on the day it will all work out. Hopefully!!!
See our events calendar for a full list of arena events, bandstand performances and other events taking place in the park.
Pictured above is Amelia Sheikh, winner of the poster competition for the Alderley Edge May Fair. Amelia, aged 10, is a pupil at Alderley Edge Primary School.