BREAKING NEWS: Stratford 2020 Mop Fairs postponed

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Last Year's Mop Fair, which is traditionally followed by the Runaway Mop

Stratford’s 2020 Mop Fair and Runaway Mop have been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Pressure has been growing on the district council to postpone the events and this afternoon they confirmed that a decision to do just that had been agreed between themselves and fair operator Bob Wilson’s Funfair.

Cllr Ian Shenton, Operations Portfolio said: “This is a regrettable though inevitable decision with our primary concern for public well-being.

“The decision to hold this year’s Mop Fairs in Stratford-upon-Avon in October was already under review due to the pandemic. However, in light of recent Government announcements and the ongoing public health emergency, the District Council together with Bob Wilson’s Funfair has decided to postpone this year’s Mop Fairs.”

Mr Willie Wilson of Bob Wilson’s Funfair added: “We had put in place necessary measures to enable the Mop to go ahead, including social distancing and extra hygiene precautions.

“However, one element neither the District Council nor ourselves can easily control is the number of people entering the town centre and, since public safety is the number one concern, we have taken the decision to postpone the Mop Fairs for this year. To defer an institution that has been part of the fabric of the town for centuries has not been an easy decision. We know many people will be disappointed and showmen have suffered a severe loss of livelihood in the current crisis, but we know this is the right decision.”

Stratford-upon-Avon Mop Fairs hold a special and almost unique status as they are deemed ‘Statute Fairs’, which are governed under the Fairs and Markets Act of 1847 which confers an absolute right for the fairs to occur annually in the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon – a right that can only be nullified by an Act of Parliament.

In order that the tradition of the statute is maintained and in recognition of the fair’s ancient charter, a small ride will be placed on Rother Market near the American Fountain on Monday 12 October at 11am.

For more reaction to this news read Thursday’s Herald.

  • wicked messenger

    You mean postponed, or cancelled?

    • Big Jim and The Twins

      The council favour the Mop over everything. They couldn’t possibly say it’s cancelled until next year, unlike everything else.
      The funfair has only just left the rec! after being there for weeks and weeks!

  • Big Jim and The Twins

    The Herald should get to Windsor Street and take a photo of the huge gap left in Stratford’s Conservation area by the destruction of the well loved community cinema. How was it allowed to be knocked down to be turned into a car park? The head of planning should step down after this fiasco.

    • Sirpc

      Robert Weeks and/or SDC will never apologize for that.
      Simply hide behind the excuse that they cannot “stifle” competition by disallowing a 2nd cinema

      object to the car park here:

      https://apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning/AppDetail.aspx?appkey=QEBWGIPM0IH00

      • Big Jim and The Twins

        Mr. Weeks could do an interview with the Herald.

        • Sirpc

          He could, but he won’t.
          neither will SDC justify their actions ref the picturehouse.

          • Big Jim and The Twins

            Someone should write to Nadhim Zahawi, or the local government ombudsman to ensure that the guilty in the planning department get held responsible for allowing such an horrendous void to be created in such an historic internationally renowned town.

          • Sirpc

            It won’t happen though. They’ve Stood silent on the picturehouse destruction since it happened.
            zahawi, Tony Jefferson, Igor kolodotschko (landowner), David Bishon (Architectural Consultant), Les Greenwood (Greenwood “planning”), Victoria Chaddaway (SDC planning)

    • johnie

      No politician ever needs to step down again after Cummings ‘Eye-test’; Hancocks’ ‘Protective ring around care homes’, Boris’ ‘World leading Track and Trace’ etc etc etc

  • johnie

    Guess we’ll all miss the stale fat smells, rip-off rides and debris left behind.
    Our dog gets a bonus breakfast mornings after the mop.