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Breaking News | The 900th Hereford May Fair rescheduled for August has been Cancelled

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Hereford Voice understands today that the Showman's Guild have pulled out of bringing the May Fair to Hereford in August due to lack of its members willing to change their current commitments.

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We previously reported back in March here 👉 https://hfd.news/ry1 that due to the Coronavirus pandemic the original 900th May Fair was rescheduled to arrive in the city from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th August 2021. 

It was also due to arrive a few days earlier in Leominster from Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 July, which we understand has also been cancelled.

The Hereford May Fair will celebrate the 901st anniversary as usual in May 2022.

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Further to this, our 'Breaking News' article yesterday Herefordshire Council have today also confirmed that the Leominster and Hereford Mayfair 2021 have been cancelled. 


The fairs were originally postponed earlier this year from their usual Spring dates until the summer, when it was hoped circumstances would be safer and easier for the events to go ahead.

While coronavirus restrictions are set to change from 19 July, the 4 week pause to that lifting imposed by central government resulted in a lack of certainty being given as to whether these specific fairs could take place. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the council and the event organisers, it has not been possible to put together viable events within such a short timeframe, taking into account the complexities of street fairs.

Dean Deakin, Chairman of the South Wales and Northern Ireland Section of The Showman’s Guild, said:


 “We are naturally disappointed that we are unable to bring the fair to Hereford but we can’t wait to return to the streets there in 2022.”

Abie Morris, on behalf of the Morris family, said:


“We also are saddened that we are not able to visit Leominster this time. We will miss bringing the fun and entertainment to the town and will make the 2022 fair better than ever.”

On behalf of Herefordshire Council, Cllr Tyler, Cabinet Member Housing, Regulatory Services & Community Safety said,


“Whilst it is disappointing that these popular events in Leominster and Hereford will not be able to take place due to the timescale, the Council reaffirms its support for both fairs and I have no doubt that our residents will welcome them back next year.” 


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