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Fair keeps ancient tradition running

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: October 06, 2010

  • Caradon Street Dance.

  • Jenny and Chris Smirthwaite, the new town criers of Liskeard.

  • Children of Sir Nicholas Sanning's Regiment of Foot, from left, Joshua, Cameron, Elodie and Mia, in the grounds of Stuart House.

  • Tony Powell, Mayor of Liskeard, with Clare Jones from Saltash.

  • St Matthew's Fair Liskeard gets off to a colourful start. Clare Jones, Saltash's junior crier.

  • Members of The Sealed Knot at the St Matthew's Fair.

  • The town criers at the start of St Matthew's Fair.

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ANCIENT tradition was kept alive in Liskeard on the weekend when St Matthew's Fair attracted one of its largest crowds in years.

The fair was established by charter in 1266 and was resurrected by Liskeard Lions' Club in 1976 to raise money for local charities.

At the weekend, members of The Sealed Knot civil war re-enactment group added colour and spectacle to the fair.

Also on parade were town criers, one coming from Gloucestershire to take part in a crier competition held in memory of Frank Beer, Liskeard's town crier, who died in a car crash earlier this year.

A continental market, fun fair, stalls and street entertainment added to the success of the day.

Liskeard Lions' president Alan Mamby said that, with the help of the chamber of commerce, the fair was a big hit with residents.

"We had a very good response from the public, in fact it was the busiest I've seen Liskeard for a long time.

"The weather held off and overall we were very pleased with the day,'' he said.

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