Crowds Turn out for Elizabethan Fayre

By on Thursday, May 9, 2013

Elizabethan Fayre 2013(Press release: Knowsley Council)

The sun shone as revellers once again turned out in their numbers to enjoy the annual Prescot Elizabethan Fayre.

The festival recreates the old May Fayres that were held in Prescot, during the era of the first Queen Elizabeth.

This year’s event was opened by Prescot Town Council Mayor, Lynn O’Keefe, with a parade of local school children from Evelyn Primary School in Prescot, dressed in Elizabethan costume. Throughout the day, people were entertained by some atmospheric traditional medieval music.

An estimated 2,000 people also enjoyed a taste of life in 16th century Prescot, trying their hand at traditional crafts such as basket making and wood turning. Visitors were also able to take a bell tower tour at Prescot Parish Church and learn a little bit more about this historic building.

Children enjoyed face painting, watching the incredible birds of prey displays, and trying circus skills and workshops.

Revellers were also able to browse the stalls of tempting locally produced goodies at the monthly Prescot Producer’s Market, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, said: “The Elizabethan Fayre has become a real highlight in the local events calendar and with the lovely Bank Holiday weather there was a really fantastic atmosphere this year.

“The great thing about the Elizabethan Fayre is it reminds us of Prescot’s rich history and heritage. You only have to look around the town to see evidence of this in the buildings, many of which are due to be restored to their former glory thanks to the £1.85m funding we recently secured from The Heritage Lottery Fund.”

The five year heritage project will see the repair and restoration of the town’s historic fabric to improve its overall appearance and emphasise Prescot’s rich heritage. New uses will be found for vacant and underused premises. The physical works will include the replacement of dilapidated, or inappropriate modern shop fronts with a more traditional design to reinstate the original look and feel of the high street.

The project will also include a wide variety of educational work and community events. A training programme will give local people historic skills, as well as providing recognised qualifications to give them a foothold on a career in conservation construction and restoration.

The majority of the works will be focused around Market Place and Eccleston Street to improve links between the modern retail park and traditional town centre in Prescot.

The next Prescot Producers’ Market will be held on Saturday, June 1.

Photo: Children from Evelyn Primary School in Prescot march
through the town to officially open the 2013 Elizabethan Fayre.

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