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Looking for a ‘fair’ future

Created on 09/05/2018 @ 09:45
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There are concerns over the future of Montgomery’s popular street fair which was heavily impacted by the road resurfacing work that caused traffic mayhem in the town last week.

Due to the weather cancelling the proposed works over recent months, it finally went ahead last week, clashing with the fair that has become a mainstay on the town’s social calendar.

It resulted in a reduced showing from the organisers and the situation was described as a “total botch-up” by the Town Crier, Susan Blower, who said it was a “sadness that an old Montgomery tradition got a hammering”.

However, it appears the debate could well have a positive outcome with the town’s Powys Councillor, Stephen Hayes, saying it has galvanised efforts to restore it to its past glories.

“The fair did take place,” he told us. “But it was not the full-on affair of past years and seems to have closed relatively early in the evening. It’s difficult to know what effect if any the roadworks had, as the fair has been getting smaller and less well attended for a while, and last year's fair was also quite disappointing.

“However, one good result is that Town Councillors have been discussing how they can work with the fair, and with residents, to bring it back up to strength as an event that the town really wouldn't want to lose.”

The Town Crier was the most vocal in her criticism of the clash, but she too said that they should all be looking to the future.

“It just needs more coordination,” she said. “There are new Councillors and some are new to the town but believe me they are working very hard for Montgomery and helping to keep Monty traditions going and keeping us on the map

“A blip this year but it cannot happen again as this is a slippery slope to the erosion of all that makes Montgomery unique. Upwards and onwards. We must stick together. Monty is special and folk who live here and those who have moved away feel an ownership and feel protective towards our fabulous traditions. Love you Monty!”

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