Family fun at Devizes Lions' May Day Fair

This Is Wiltshire: Cool time for Amelia and Ella with ices in the sun at Devizes Lions' May Day Fair Cool time for Amelia and Ella with ices in the sun at Devizes Lions' May Day Fair

Dry and sunny weather ensured a good turnout as families came to enjoy the Devizes Lions' May Day Fair in the Market Place on Monday.

The fair returned with a Victorian theme following its success last year and the focal point was a traditional carousel, with swings added to the rides this time.

Devizes Lions' members dressed in Victorian costume to collect donations, which will be given to worthy causes.

Lion Barry Mitchell, taking fees for the carousel, said: “It’s gone really well. Children are queuing up all the time.”

Trade and charity stalls included Guides, Scouts, Wiltshire Museum and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

Fantasy Radio was broadcasting and entertainers included a unicyclist juggling his fire torches, a Devizes samba band and Garry J Foley performing his Elvis Presley tribute act.

There was Punch and Judy, a bouncy castle, a steam engine, vintage cars and military vehicles.

The Friends of Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum Trust, Calne, received a lot of interest with their raffle to win a 1967 Riley Elf car.

The green and cream-roofed vehicle has 60,500 miles on the clock and top speed of about 75 mph.

Friends' chairman Mike Bain said: “It’s our first time at the Devizes Lions May Day Fair and we’ve been busy. We buy a car every year and raffle it off, with the money going to the museum trust. This car has a bit of charisma and lots of people have said they had this car.”

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Fair newcomer Matthew Higgins, who has moved from Yorkshire to All Cannings, with his wife and three children, said: “It’s wonderful. We’ve seen the steam engine, the Army vehicles and now the carousel ride.”

Devizes Lions' president Geoffrey Taylor said: “The fair is for everybody to enjoy. It’s our way of giving something back to the town.”

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