Cambridge and Ely cyclists arrive in style for traditional Reach Fair

Money is scattered for children at Reach Fair
Money is scattered for children at Reach Fair

Newly minted coins were tossed through the air to children at the annual Reach Fair on Monday.

A bumper crowd turned out for the event which dates back to 1201 when Reach Fair was granted a Royal Charter by King John.

Jane Hurdle and Liz Tabecki with  Patrick the pony, raising money for the Reach Equestrian Arena.

Jane Hurdle and Liz Tabecki with Patrick the pony, raising money for the Reach Equestrian Arena.

The event began with the traditional cycle from Cambridge to Reach by the City Mayor Gerri Bird who led a large group of riders in a specially adapted cycle provided by Cambridge You Can Bike Too. The ride was part of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. Cyclists were also joined by those from the Ely Cycling Campaign.

Civic leaders, including the Town Crier, tossed the coins into the crowds and children scrambled to gather them up.

There was Morris dancing, a fairground with traditional rides, Molly dancing by Swaffham Prior School, magic shows and a Dixi Jazz Band. Money raised will go towards the running of the Village Centre,

Committee chairman, Grahame Radford, said: “There was a real family atmosphere with lots for people to do. I would say we had a bumper crowd along and the weather was just right.”

Prospect Trust at Snakehall Farm with produce are Rhian Ellis, Joe Richards, Linda Cawley and Cara Massarana.

Prospect Trust at Snakehall Farm with produce are Rhian Ellis, Joe Richards, Linda Cawley and Cara Massarana.