All the fun of the May Fair

Today's Alderley Edge May Fair was another big success.

Unfortunately the sun didn't shine like last year but hundreds of local people still enjoyed a fun packed day.

The celebrations started with a procession through the village which included 33 groups and approximately 500 people.

The crowds then headed down to Alderley Edge Park where the afternoon's proceedings started with the judging of the fancy dress competition, the theme of which was the Olympics.

Third place was awarded to India age 2, Ingvar age 6 came second and first place went to Lucy age 4. The overall winners though were the Year 2 rowing team from Alderley Edge Community Primary School: Rosie, Ellie, Ammarah and Penny all age 7.

Jon Roberts from Chafes Solicitors then awarded the prizes for the poster competition. Gemma Brooks of Year 5 came third, Digby Lloyd age 10 came second place and Amelia Sheikh, also age ten came first. All three winners were from Alderley Edge Community Primary School.

Hosted by Imagine fm, entertainment in the arena included performances by The Sylk Dance Academy; Daveyhulme Scout & Guide Band, Beartown Belles Dance Troupe, Wilmslow Dog Training Team, The Derby Midshipman Show Band, Simply Falconry, Fusion StarZ Dancers, Sandbach Cheerleading Squad, a Guide Dog demonstration and Kerry Martin Gymnasts.

Audiences at the bandstand were also entertained by Leek Morris Dancers, Alderley Edge Primary School Choir, Mottram Jive Club, Amy's Sylk Dancers, Pegasus Performing Arts, Styal School playing musical instruments, Sue Morris Dancers and local group Hot Vestry.

Amongst the other attractions there was face painting, a fun dog show, hockey coaching, football coaching, crazy golf, bowling, a climbing wall, tug of war, a bungie trampoline, go-karts, bouncy castles, Punch and Judy, fairground rides and Thomas the Tank Engine who gave both children and adults rides around the park.

In an attempt to secure a place in the Guinness Book Of Records, the Wilmslow Dean Rotary Club have devised what they feel is the longest and most challenging 'Buzz-Wire' game which was launched at today's fair.

A special children's party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee was held towards the end of the afternoon. There were picnic boxes, entertainment, balloon sculptures and a commemorative Jubilee spoon was given to each child to take home.

The May Fair was organised again by Alderley Edge resident Christine Munro with the help of representatives from local groups and organisations.

Speaking towards the end of the afternoon Christine said "I hope everyone has enjoyed it. I am sorry it was so muddy.

"I've enjoyed it but it has been a lot of hard work and I'm seriously considering whether I can do it again as it is such hard work."

We've put together a collection of photos taken today at the 2012 Alderley Edge May Fair which we hope you will enjoy looking through. Click 'next photo' to browse through the gallery or play the slideshow.

If you went along to today's May Fair please do share your views on the day using the comment box below.

If you have any good photos from the 2012 Alderley Edge May Fair which you would like included in the gallery please email them to us.

Update: Rotarian Geoff Shelmerdine, who organised the 'Megga Buzz-Wire' which was nearly 5 metres long, told me "It was a great success - so much so that we actually had people queueing for a challenge.

"Only one person succeeded; Daniel Jones from Bramhall. We all thought with such steady hands he must have been a surgeon by trade, but it turned out he was actually a plasterer."

Alderley Edge May Fair


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

Christine Munro
Sunday 20th May 2012 at 8:06 am
Lisa, thank you so much for the lovely photo gallery and for supporting our May Fair throughout the year. For helping us with our application for a grant and just for always being there for the community of Alderley Edge.
Mike Dudley-Jones
Sunday 20th May 2012 at 9:23 am
May I, on behalf of the Alderley Edge Allotments and Gardens Society, thank and applaud Christine Munro, her family and those involved in bringing the May Fair together. It was a fun and brilliant day and they should be very proud that they made it happen.
It shows just what can be achieved and although it was not the sunniest of days, all our spirits were lifted enough to warm the clouds!
What a great, great village we can be.
Well done to everyone.
Brian Etchells
Sunday 20th May 2012 at 11:01 am
On behalf of The Guide Dogs for the blind association, I just wanted to say a huge
THANK YOU!!!!! to Christine Munro and her team of helpers.
All our Guide Dog puppy walkers and volunteers had a fabulous day. All the puppies were exhausted at the end of the parade.
Everyone involved can be extremely proud.
Kelvin Briggs
Sunday 20th May 2012 at 11:55 am
Alderley Edge Hockey Club and our superstar mascot Eddie Edgehog would like to say a huge than you to Christine Munro and all the volunteers, sponsors and organisations that made the May Fair such a tremedous Community success.
We had over 50 plus kids and a few Mum's and Dads try hockey for the first time and had great fun dribbling hockey balls down London Road. Big thanks to Kazza the CorksOut team for the supply of a cheeky little Sicilain red that kept us going!
Pulling together the Village was showcased at its wonderful wizardly best! . Cany wait to do it all again next year. Fantastico!
Louise Mason
Sunday 20th May 2012 at 3:46 pm
Yes, thank you Christine!! What a great day. Thanks to Corks Out too!! Estupendo!!
Joanne Flitcroft
Sunday 20th May 2012 at 4:42 pm
Thank you very much from the Pink Ribbon Rickshaw team to Christine and her team for another great day. I think it's easy to forget given the size and amazing professionalism of the May Fair that it is all organised by a small and committed team.

We had a lot of fun in the parade, and thanks also to everyone who donated money, bought gifts and guessed the name of the rickshaw - all of which went to Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.
Dennis Carter
Sunday 20th May 2012 at 6:10 pm
I thanked Christine, yesterday and will fully endorse the comments above. For a second year, Christine has produced a hugh undertaking from the Wizards hat. She is a "can do" lady. The Show felt even larger than last year and the mass of smallstalls and tents kept an interest in the event for hours. So I also applaud Christine. Its not as if she has only this Event to worry about.

The attendance again shows what you can do for a "local feel" event. Very well done.
Lisa Reeves
Sunday 20th May 2012 at 8:24 pm
No need to thank me Christine, I am delighted to support the May Fair.

You have done an amazing job and we are very lucky to have a free community event like this in the village.

Putting on such an event is an enormous amount of work by a small group of volunteers but when it's finished and we go home it isn't over for you and those who help you.

Not only were you the driving force to make this happen but you were back in the park this morning with Kriss Coombes clearing up the mess left behind. I salute you both!

I know you've had a tough time organising this year's May Fair and had a lot of obstacles to overcome but I know I will not be the only local resident hoping that you do it again next year.

I hope you have the chance to get some well deserved rest over the next few days.
Geoff Hall
Monday 21st May 2012 at 9:27 am
A lot of people have told me how much they - and especially their children! - enjoyed the May Fair. And having been involved in a very small way in helping with organising the event I know just how much work Christine has put in and how many obstacles she has had to overcome to make it all happen - with the weather as an additional problem. Congratulations, Christine, and I hope when you've had a chance to recover you will be up for doing it again next year!
Paul Welton
Monday 21st May 2012 at 10:16 am
Great Day Christine Thanku
Theo Morgan
Monday 21st May 2012 at 9:03 pm
I was there filming with my group from the University of Salford. We're studying MA Television Documentary Production, and the May Fair is the culmination of our documentary on Alderley Edge. Kudos to Christine for organising it, and everyone on the committee for making us feel so welcome. It really is a very friendly place, and personally speaking, I had a great day. Hope it happens again next year!
Kelvin Briggs
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 at 10:57 am
Looking forward to seeing the film Theo!
Sally Hunt
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 at 9:58 pm
Congratulations Christine. The Fair is a huge challenge to take on and you made it another amazing success. Well done. Hope you have a chance to have a bit of a well earned rest! Thank you on behalf of CHYPS (Cheshire Youth Panto Society). Our teenage cast thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in costume and taking part in the parade. Thank you for asking us to provide the Wizard! We had a hard job persuading Sam to take off his costume! Despite the weather you gave the community a wonderful day out.
Bianca Stott
Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at 7:13 am
Fantastic day, kids had a ball. Well done and thanks to all who organised it.
Christine Munro
Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at 6:38 pm
Just delivered the last of our fantastic raffle prizes and collected in all the signs. The May Fair is over for 2012. I am not sure how much we made for next year but the Treasurer will tell me when we meet next week.
Thank you to everyone for coming and getting muddy with me, and thank you especially to everyone who took part in the events and entertainment. You were fantastic. Finally a very big THANK YOU to all who helped during the months of planning and on the day itself. It would never have happened without your commitment and enthusiasm.