THE FINAL preparations are being made ahead of Bromsgrove’s annual Fair Day tomorrow.
The event in the High Street will feature 14 extra market stalls – as well as the regular traders – being run by charities and community organisations whose fund-raising efforts have been hit hard in the past year.
They include Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, The Bromsgrove Society, St John’s Church fund-raising team, Fruitfields Orchards, The Orchards School PTA, Original Kiln-fired Enamelled Jewellery, The Blue Cross, St Basils, Romsley Gems Crafter, Churches Together in Bromsgrove, Buttons and Crystals, Lulu in Stitches and Bromsgrove Lions Club.
Many manning the stalls will be in traditional costume.
At 10.30am, a parade led by two pipers will journey from Kidderminster Road to the High Street where Bailiff Jo Slade will read the historic charter presented to the town by King John in 1199. At 11am the bread, ale and meat assizes will take place.
Jo said the Court Leet had worked with the council for months to hold the day in line with current restrictions and urged people to ensure social distancing was maintained.
In conjunction with Fair Day the Bromsgrove Indie Club has organised another of their ‘welcome back’ events at the BirdBox.
Court Leet members will attend BirdBox around lunchtime to carry out tasting ceremonies of ale from Decanter Spirit and food from the Butcher’s Block.
A partnership between the Court Leet, NWedR and Bromsgrove District Council will see the High Street decorated with multi-coloured festive bunting.
Simon Creed from NWedR said “The colourful bunting will look fantastic and help to brighten up the High Street and encourage more people to visit, shop and support our local traders and cafes.”
Jo said the bunting was the ideal way of adding something extra to the town during the scaled back event.
“There’s such a wonderful spirit of collaboration in Bromsgrove between all the many organisations – we’re all keen to support each other and I’m delighted the Indie Club along with NWedR and the council are all working together to bring this day to the town.
“I’m very proud to be proclaiming the 822-year-old charter and I hope that the pageantry and celebration of the day will be an uplifting start to a great summer for the townsfolk of Bromsgrove, and that the bunting we have supported will help to keep spirits high.”
Shan Moule, from St John’s Church in Bromsgrove, said: “Our Fund-raisers R Us team from St John’s are thrilled to be back in the town to share an uplifting day with the people of Bromsgrove who we have very much missed over the past 16 months.
“Please come and say hello at the Court Leet markets all day.”