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Popular Long Melford Street Fair back on after volunteers set up new committee

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Long Melford Street Fair ANL-151207-202053009

The popular Long Melford Street Fair is set to return after a new committee was set up.

The summer event, which attracts around 10,000 people a year, was cancelled by former organisers Long Melford Parish Council, citing difficulties in recruiting volunteers to help with the event.

But now a new committee, likely to be called The Long Melford Street Fair Committee, is being set up by local businessman Stuart Poole, who was on the previous Street Fair committee.

There had been hundreds of comments left by disappointed residents on social media pages following the decision to scrap the event.

Mr Poole, 49, is to chair the group, with parish and Babergh district councillor John Nunn to be vice-chairman. However, the committee will be completely separate from the parish council.

“We want to run it and local people still want to come to it,” said Mr Poole. “People were dismayed it wasn’t on.”

He added he had only received positive feedback from stallholders about the return of the event.

It is likely the fair will be held on Sunday, July 10, though this is still to be confirmed.

The event will be run in a similar style to previous years, with a mixture of stalls, live entertainment and children’s activities.

“They [the previous committee] have run it fairly well and we just want to continue that,” said Mr Poole.

“We want to run it as a friendly little thing. We are introducing Long Melford to people. We don’t always get the passing trade with the larger shops and the internet.

“This is an opportunity to bring people in.”

Despite being confident the fair can replicate and improve on previous successes, Mr Poole has one last hope.

After several years of poor weather he is hoping the sun will come out on this year’s event.

Mr Poole is keen for anybody interested in helping to organise or run the event to get in contact.

You can phone 01787 312131 or email longmelfordstreetfair@sky.com.

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