May Fair rolls into town today - with visitors urged to behave themselves

The 2013 Boston May fair
The 2013 Boston May fair

Fairground showmen will be arriving in the town from today in preparation for Boston’s annual May Fair.

The event begins on Saturday and the authorities are calling for fairgoers to behave and keep it trouble-free.

Last year’s May Fair passed off peacefully but two years ago the event was marred by anti-social behaviour problems.

Adam Eden, Boston Borough Council anti-social behaviour case worker, said: “Last year’s fair was as it should always be – a family event, full of fun and without intimidation and bad behaviour. Young and older enjoyed the rides and the other attractions and some may well have had a drink or two, but it did not spill over into ugly scenes.

“We are hoping, and urging, that we have a repeat this year. It’s far better that everyone has a good time and no one wakes up the following morning with regrets.

“There was a high police and community safety presence last year and we will not be relaxing our guard. But our plea is for no one to spoil things for others, 
or themselves.”

Boston’s town centre will be taken over by a wide variety of fairground attractions, including thrill rides, children’s rides and game and food stalls from Saturday, May 3, until Saturday, May 10.

The fair will also open on Sunday, May 4, from 2- 8pm. It has a Royal Charter and dates back to the 12th Century, and is surrounded by tradition and ceremony.

The fair will be declared open at noon on Saturday, May 3, by Mayor Coun Paul Kenny – as is tradition – after a short service on the steps of The Gallopers and after the ringing of the May Bells.

The civic ceremony is attended by VIP guests including mayors and mayoresses from neighbouring authorities and representatives of the Showmen’s Guild. They will then enjoy themselves on the rides – usually doing battle on the dodgems.

The fair is rated one of the top five street fairs in the country with families of showmen coming to Boston for generations and occupying the same pitches with rides and stalls.

A smaller than usual market will move to the coach station for the week that the May Fair is in town.