Return of Stratford Mop Fair is sweeping success - The Stratford Observer

Return of Stratford Mop Fair is sweeping success

Stratford Editorial 15th Oct, 2021   0

IT WAS all the fun of the fair as the Mop finally returned to the streets of Stratford.

The fair brightened up the town centre once more, following a rare cancellation due to the pandemic last year.

Even then, a lone ride was installed to honour the historic event which came about in the 14th century.

Historically, the fair intended for landowners around Warwickshire to hire new workers after the Black Death had decimated the population.

Labourers would attend with a mop to signal their skills lending the event its eponymous name.

And this year the fair saw a return to its roots with the first ever ‘Job and Apprenticeship Fair’, held alongside the rides, to attract workers to fill shortages in the hospitality and leisure industries in the district.

The event was hailed a success, attracting hundreds of thrill-seekers and a number of councillors, dignitaries and town mayor Kevin Taylor who welcomed its long-awaited return.


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