Shropshire councillors Viv Parry, Tracey Huffer, Richard Huffer and Andy Boddington are calling for Ludlow Town Council to rethink its decision on Friday (13 May) to rule out Ludlow’s May Fair going ahead this spring.
The May Fair is part of our town’s DNA. It attracts a wide range of people from Ludlow and its hinterland. Especially those who don’t find the Green Festival, Food Festival and the Fringe Festival their scene. Especially young people who we tend to forget have also suffered during lockdown.
We believe greater effort should have been made, and can still be made, to run the May Fair this year. It may need a different location for one year only. We have no objection to that although it was ruled out at Ludlow Town Council’s last meeting.
Tracey Huffer is Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East and chair of the Ludlow Youth Partnership. She says:
“We have rightly heard a lot about the problems facing older people during the pandemic.
“I know from my professional and councillor work that younger people have also been hit hard during the pandemic. They may not have suffered from the disease itself. But the shutdown of social activities, not being able to meet friends and being unable to talk to their mentors face to face has had an impact on the mental health and wellbeing for many young people.
“We have reopened the schools with no impact on local Covid rates. We should press ahead with the May Fair.”
Vivienne Parry, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow South adds:
“The May Fair was cancelled last year. The council should have been planning to secure an alternative site for one of Ludlow’s most important festivals long ago. Although there is some talk of holding the fair in September, operators are booked up many months in advance. If the fair had been held at the beginning or end of May, it would have been over a bank holiday. There are no bank holidays in September.”
Richard Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Clee, says:
“The May Fair is important to people who live in the villages as well as in Ludlow town. Not much happens for young people in many of our rural villages. They deserve some entertainment.”
Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North, which includes the town centre, says:
“The Ludlow May Fair is part of the DNA of the town. Young people want a sense of normality. They want some fun. And they deserve some after more than a year of restrictions. Fairs are going ahead all around the country. We are calling on the town council to have an urgent rethink. We want the people in town who don’t attend events like the Green Fair, Fringe Festival to have some fun.”