Sun set to shine on Burnley Wakes Fair at last

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Organisers of the popular Burnley Wakes Fair have had to switch venues at the last minute due to “unseasonably good weather.”

Burnley Wakes Fair is a regular fixture at Fulledge Recreation Ground each July, but wet weather in the lead up to last year’s event forced The Showmen’s Guild to use an alternative, hard-standing site at Towneley Park instead.

As a precaution the Woodgrove Car Park was due to be used again for this year’s fair, which starts on Wednesday.

Showmen’s Guild spokesman Billy Hill said: “It came a something of a nice surprise when we got a call from the council last week asking us if we could use Fulledge because it had been too dry!

“This is great news as we can now get a few more attractions onto this site.”

This year’s Wakes Fair will have more than 30 rides and attractions for all ages.

After the success of a similar initiative last year, Sunday, July 14th, has been declared “Fun Day Sunday” with free family entertainment added to the proceedings.

Organised by The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, and taking its name from the former Wakes week mill holidays, the event boasts a history going back as far as 1860.

Formerly held on the old cattle market in the town centre, the fair moved to Fulledge, near Towneley Park, in the 1960s.

Entry is free at all times.