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C0XGLET0X MAY FAIR. I

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C0XGLET0X MAY FAIR. I The time-honoured custom of holding a May Fair was again observed at Congleton on Monday. This privilege was granted by the charter of Henry VI., given in the year 1430, which reads quaintly thus:—"By charter dated at Gloucester, 1430, the King concedes and gives licence that there shall be one annual fair in the town of Congleton, viz., in the vigil and feast of the Apostles Philip and James, and on the morrow of the same feast, besides the one other fair there held at the feast of St. Martin in the winter. These being witnesses, the venerable fathers John Archbishop of Canterbury, etc., Chancellor H. Winton, our brother, and H. Sarum, our treasurer; Edward Duke of York; John, Earl of Somerset, and others." The old-fashioned May Fair, with its bear-baiting and cock-fighting, is now a thing of the past. To-day we find the roads covered with carts, heavy wagons, and caravans bound for the meadow, where the pleasure fair is held. In the streets the usual horse and cattle fair was held. At each street comer stood some loquacious cheap- jack. This year a little hitch has arisen. A sug- gestion was made by one of the councillors that the authorities should order that the pleasure fair should close at eleven o'clock p.m. instead of at midnight. With this purpose in view, the new I Chief Constable interviewed Whiteing, the great t showman, who promptly refused to close, and said he ought to have had due notice given him before he took the ground and before he brought such a retinue of travelling-van-dwellers to the town. He further stated that if he was pushed he would be pleased to fight the matter out, and would have at his back that powerful organisation, "The Van- Dwellers' Association."

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