Row over town fair

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

A BIT­TER row has bro­ken out be­tween the new Tees Mayor and Yarm Town Coun­cil over the fu­ture of the his­toric Yarm Fair.

Tory Ben Houchen, elected in May, called the town coun­cil “in­com­pe­tent” af­ter large parts of the re­cent Yarm Gala were can­celled due to safety con­cerns.

He has de­manded a guar­an­tee that the 143-year-old Yarm Fair will now go ahead in Oc­to­ber.

Live mu­sic and a fun­fair at the Gala, which is or­gan­ised by the Town Coun­cil and held an­nu­ally on the High Street’s cob­bles, were can­celled due to prob­lems raised by health and safety ex­perts.

But hit­ting back, Coun­cil­lor Ja­son Had­low, the chair of the recre­ation com­mit­tee re­spon­si­ble for Yarm events, said: “You’d think he’d check his facts be­fore putting out a press re­lease like this.“Yarm Town Coun­cil are rightly proud of their his­tory and her­itage and will work dili­gently to de­liver its ‘Crown Jewel’, Yarm Fair, this year.”

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