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Boultham Summer Fair ready for 20th anniversary

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 06, 2011

  • ICE WORK: Molly Lammin, Emma Motley and Chloe-Sandy Motley enjoy last year's Boultham Summer Fair.

  • GOOD DAY OUT: Mayor of Lincoln Geoff Kirby gets behind the wheel of a 1930 Morris Minor at last year's festival.

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FAIRGROUND rides, dance performances, gymnastic demonstrations and a vintage RAF plane fly-past are just some of the attractions at a popular summer event.

This year, the Boultham Summer Fair, which takes place at Boultham Park on Saturday is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

And to mark the occasion, visitors will be treated to a bumper line-up of spectacular attractions.

After it started in 1992, the family event has gone from strength to strength and it is shaping up to attract high numbers again this year.

The fair will host performances from local dance and music groups, including the Beevor Youth Band, Bishop King Primary School dancers and the Lincoln Gymnastics Club.

They will also be joined by members of the Lincoln Sea and Marine Cadets Band and the Black Dragons Kicking Boxing club.

A Hurricane from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also fly over the park during the afternoon.

Organiser Eileen Sherriff said the event was designed to give people in the downhill area of Lincoln an event to visit in the summer.

"It's about people being happy together and enjoying themselves. Everything we make is also donated to local charities," she said.

Mrs Sherriff said the key to the event's success was its focus on traditional attractions.

"I think it has been so popular because we have used a traditional formula and people come here in their droves," she said.

"It's always worked well so we have stuck with it.

"Kids sometimes get a bit of a bad press but this is a chance to show that they do a lot of positive things."

Last year, the event raised £1,800 for local charities, and organisers are hoping to match this figure..

The summer fair is run with the permission of the City of Lincoln Council, which supports community run events.

Dave Charysz, open spaces officer at the council, said: "We're happy that the park is being used to bring the public together for a community event like this.

"We hope the weather is kind at the weekend and that everyone who goes has a really enjoyable day."

Boultham Summer Fair attracts large numbers of children from the area.

Alison Westwood, a teacher from Bishop King Church of England Primary School, said the children were looking forward to performing.

"The children really enjoy the experience," she said.

"It's great for the community and there are really good charity aspects to it.

"There are so many stalls and events going on so there is something for everyone."

The event begins at 10am and finishes at 5pm. Parking is free.

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