‘Help us make street fair’s future secure’

Volunteer helpers are urgently needed to ensure the future of one of the region’s most popular events.

Organisers of Long Melford’s annual street fair are calling for people to act as stewards, and help set up and clear away after next summer’s fair.

“We must have a certain number of stewards to comply with insurance requirements, health and safety, and the various regulations including closure of the road,” said spokesman Richard Kemp.

“I know of other events that have foundered because they couldn’t get enough people.

“It hasn’t got to that stage here, but to ensure the long-term survival of the event we need more volunteers and we have struggled for a long time now to find sufficient helpers.”

Setting up and taking down the fair, which takes place on Sunday, July 14, also needs voluntary muscle power.

“It’s a big event. Last year, we reckon we had between 10,000 and 15,000 people during the day, and it is getting more and more popular,” said Mr Kemp.

Help is needed all through the day, and into the evening. “It would be really good to have a second wave of fresh people coming in later on to help clear up,” he said.

“When you’ve been on duty all day, it’s quite tough to have to start taking things down and emptying bins.

“We’d particularly like some younger people to volunteer. Stewards must be 18 or over, but otherwise there are no age limits.”

The street fair aims to be self-financing, but its prime aim is family entertainment, he added.

Anyone who would like to help should call street fair committee chairman John Nunn on 01787 313496, or Mr Kemp on 01787 378149.