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Watch as Ludlow May Fair celebrates sentimental anniversary

The centuries-old Ludlow May Fair has celebrated a sentimental anniversary.

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The Ludlow May Fair has a history dating back hundreds of years, but last weekend marked 50 years since one family took over at the helm.

In 1974, the Wynn family took over the organisation of the town's May Fair, and each year the family has brought a bright and bustling fun fair to the town's high street.

"It's quite a sight to watch all the big lorries manoeuvre around the old town," said Ludlow councillor, Viv Parry.

Ludlow May Fair

"It's something that brings the town together. It gives all the young people something to do - and there's nothing in the town for young people to do.

"They can have a few hours of enjoyment where no one will tell them to be quiet and stop making noise. This is absolutely fantastic for them."

In honour of the special anniversary, a special temporary exhibition has gone on display at Ludlow Museum, offering a glimpse into the history and heritage of the fair.

In addition to the exhibition, St Laurence's Church has been lit up throughout the bank holiday weekend in memory of David Wynn, who died in July last year.

This year's May Fair Sunday Service - which, uniquely, takes place on the Dodgems - also paid homage to Mr Wynn, and was attended by several members of his family.

"It was such a lovely service," said Councillor Parry. "There were a lot of people - I've never seen as many turn up."

The exhibition at Ludlow Museum will run until late June. Admission is £1.20 for adults, with free entry for those under 16.

Walter Craig, 5, from Onibury
Hadleigh Jeavons, Masie Jeavons 5, Esme Jeavons 9 and Lucy Jeavons from Stourbridge