13th Nov, 2019

Fun of the fair - Court Leet Mop visits Alcester

Ross Crawford 5th Oct, 2019 Updated: 7th Oct, 2019

THERE was all the fun of the fair in Alcester this week when the Court Leet Mop came to town.

Despite the damp-ish weather the event brought the crowds out but High Bailiff David Parkes said the real thrill for him was reading out the proclamation to open the Mop fair itself.

It’s nearly eight centuries since Alcester was first granted its Royal Charter to hold a Mop fair and David said he could feel the history coursing through his veins.

“Whoever is the High Bailiff has been reading out that proclamation since 1292,” he said.

“That officially means the Mop is open – Alcester was granted a Royal Charter in 1292 and it’s held the fair down the centuries ever since.

“Over the years the fair has changed but the High Bailiff reading out that charter proclamation has always stayed the same.”

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