Statutes Fair set to be an­other thrill ride

Burton Mail - - News - By BETH PRIDDING bethany.pridding@reach­plc.com @beth­prid­ding

THE an­nual Bur­ton Statutes Fair is set to re­turn to the town this autumn and or­gan­is­ers say this year’s fair will be as big as ever.

The fair has been in Bur­ton for al­most 800 years and was first set up as a chance for em­ploy­ers to find new staff for the com­ing year.

Al­though that tra­di­tion is long gone, the event is still widely cel­e­brated and thou­sands of peo­ple from across the area visit the town cen­tre to have a go on the va­ri­ety of rides and side shows.

The fair, which is op­er­ated by Pat Collins Fun­fairs, will take place on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1, and Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 2, in Bur­ton town cen­tre, taking over the Mar­ket Place, High Street, Lich­field Street and New Street.

Michael Har­ris, who runs the com­pany said: “We’re ex­cited to re­turn to Bur­ton and we’ll be bring­ing along all our favourite white knuckle rides for peo­ple to en­joy.

“It will be just as big as ever and there will be fam­ily fun to keep ev­ery­one amused. We’re a fam­ily-friendly com­pany and we want to make sure peo­ple of all ages have a good time at our fairs.”

What is there to do at Bur­ton Statutes?

The fun­fair brings rides to at­tract peo­ple of all age to the town cen­tre over the two-day fes­tiv­i­ties.

For thrill seek­ers, fan favour- ites the waltzers, white knuckle rides No1 Siz­zler, Scream, Chaos, Flash Dance and the City Hop­per will be among the rides per­fect for adren­a­line junkies.

Flash­ing lights and loud mu­sic will fill the town as the rides send vis­i­tors hurtling through the sky and spin­ning around at an in­tense rate.

It’s not just thrill seek­ers who will be pleased to hear about the re­turn of the fair, though, as the fam­ily-friendly event brings along count­less ac­tiv­i­ties for lit­tle ones.

Small rides in­clud­ing the tea cups, fun houses and a hel­terskel­ter will be among those brought to Bur­ton.

If you fancy a bite to eat, fun­fair clas­sics from burg­ers and hot dogs to candy floss and sticks of rock will be on of­fer as dozens of cater­ing vans will line the streets.

What dis­rup­tion will the fair bring?

As the fair takes over the town cen­tre, there will be some dis­rup­tion to bus ser­vices, and road clo­sures will be in force.

Bur­ton Em-Con, which was sched­uled for Sun­day, Septem­ber 30, has been post­poned af­ter or­gan­is­ers learned it over­lapped with the an­nual fun­fair.

The event will now be held in Bur­ton next year.

Bus stops in the town cen­tre, par­tic­u­larly in New Street, High Street and Lich­field Street, will have to moved while the fair is in town.

De­tails on this have not yet been re­vealed but will be pub­lished as soon as we know more.

Bur­ton’s an­nual Statutes Fair re­turns to the town on Oc­to­ber 1 and 2.

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