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All the fun of the fair at Stratford Mop

Stratford Editorial 12th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SCREAMS and shouts filled the air as the annual mop fair returned to Stratford.

Crowds spilled onto the streets and the town centre was closed to traffic for the two-day carnival on Tuesday and Wednesday (October 11 and 12).

The event has a long and historic tradition, with the original Charter being granted by Edward VI in 1544.

This year’s fair featured everything from state-of-the-art to vintage fairground rides, together with tasty treats from hog roasts to candy floss.

The 125 year old Golden Carousel also made a return to Stratford for the third year.

And the Runaway Mop will be held in the town centre the following week on October 20 and 21.

The town’s runaway mop, which traditionally follows the event, is set to take place next Thursday (October 22) and Friday (October 23).

To accommodate the event, the following streets will be closed until 6am on Thursday, October 13:

Greenhill Street, Rother Street (from Ely Street), Wood Street, Union Street, Bridge Street, Windsor Street (from Mansell Street), Meer Street, Henley Street, and High Street.

The Runaway Mop will see the following streets closed from 5am on Thursday, October 20 until 6am on Saturday, October 22:

Greenhill Street, Rother Street (from Ely Street), Wood Street, Windsor Street (from Mansell Street), and Meer Street.

Road closures will be strictly enforced by Stratford District Council during both events.

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