ROSS-ON-WYE MAY FAYRE A STUNNING SUCCESS

The first ever Ross-on-Way May Fayre, which was held last Saturday, has proved to be an outstanding and stunning success. Blessed by beautiful sunny weather, the streets of Ross were jam packed with locals and visitors, who thoroughly enjoyed a very special day, which has truly been a credit to Ross and all those involved. Crowds began to build from early on in the day, and before long there was a continuous train of people filling the streets from Brookend St, right up and round to the end of Gloucester Rd. Crowd estimates are believed to have been around five thousand at the busiest time, and possibly up to 10,000 over the course of the day. Event Organiser, David MacGregor, ART Chairman and proprietor of Field Fayre – The Organic Store on Broad Street said, “I am thrilled with the turn out and all the positive feedback we have had from both the public and traders. So many people said they were lost for words to describe how wonderful the event was. The spirit of Ross was shining, and there were happy faces everywhere. The atmosphere was a delight to behold. People were dancing in the streets and couldn’t believe what had happened to Ross, saying this is just what Ross needs, and that they want more of this. “I would personally like to say a very big thank you to all the wonderful people who volunteered and assisted in making this event happen for Ross. An even bigger thank you goes to Ross Town Council and Herefordshire Council for funding the Fayre, without their support it would not have been possible. “I would also like to thank all Town Centre residents and businesses for assisting the Fayre and complying with our request to remove their cars from the Town Centre before the road closures took effect, to allow for over fifty market stalls and traders to set up. “I would like anyone who was there and enjoyed the day to write to myself, the local media, Ross Town Council and Herefordshire Council and tell them how good the May Fayre was, and that they would love to see more such events in Ross. This will help ART (The Association of Ross Traders) in securing funding to organise events like the May Fayre, which do so much good for community spirit and the promotion of Ross far and wide. “Scenes like these have not been seen in Ross for many a long year. People loved the fact they could sit outside at Ross’s cafes and enjoy a traffic free day of entertainment. There was so much to do and see, many families stayed in town for the whole day. All the planning and hard work really paid off, with no accidents or trouble at all. There are many things we can learn from this event and with a year to plan the next one (instead of 3 months), we hope next year the May Fayre will be even better. “I still can’t quite believe how well it all worked out. It really was a special day, quite magical. The Event Stewards did a brilliant job, and the quality of entertainment was superb. Our ‘Ross Has Got Talent’ stage saw some outstanding local talent perform with such professionalism they could easily have been on X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent. I’m so glad so many people enjoyed the day, and that it involved the whole community. “Anyone not able to be at the Fayre can get a flavour of the day by going to the ART website, to see some great pictures of the day. If you have any more pictures send them to the ART website with a comment of what you thought of the Ross May Fayre, and we will add them to the site, with a prize for the best one. Thanks again to all involved.”

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