Family fun at Gawthorpe Fair

Ref: PR 4547
Date: 23/04/2014

The annual Gawthorpe Fair is taking place over the May bank holiday weekend from Friday May 2 to Monday, May 5.

The Maypole event itself is now in its 140th year and is a traditional and well received local event, enjoyed by families over the generations.

In addition to traditional maypole dancing, there is a funfair and street entertainment in the village.

Wakefield Council, Stewart Robinson and Sons Fun Fair, West Yorkshire Police, Wakefield and District Housing, local businesses and residents are all working together to make the 2014 fair another happy and successful event.

As last year, the fairground will open from 6pm on Friday,1pm on Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday and Monday, and will close 6pm Sunday and 9pm Monday. No alcohol will be allowed on the site to ensure this is a family-friendly event and to avoid drink-related anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Communities, said, "We are all working together to make sure the Gawthorpe Fair is an enjoyable event which continues for many years to come.

"The vast majority of people who come to the fair do so to have fun. Sadly, in the past we have had some incidents of anti-social behaviour. Our message to anyone who wants to spoil this event is clear – anti-social behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

Anyone with information about crime or anti-social behaviour at this event is asked to contact their local policing team. Information will be treated in confidence. Please call the police on 101 or, in an emergency, 999.