Lord Mayor’s Michaelmas Fayre

By on 28/09/2009 in Blog, News

lm-blogLord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Michael Wilkes invites you to step back in time this week.

There's certainly never a dull moment in this role. Tomorrow I step back in time for the first day of the Lord Mayor's Michaelmas Fayre.

This colourful event takes place in and around the Bull Ring Markets and St Martin's Church tomorrow, 29th September on the feast of St Michael and All Saints.

We are reviving this traditional fair and start with a procession from Manor House involving myself (in full robes), the Lady Mayoress (in medieval costume) and Bishop David to St Martin's at 11-45.

There will be a short service, in an old-fashioned form. On leaving the church there will be a 20 minute peal of Bells (St Martins has some of the best in the country) and the procession will move to the stage where there will be a re-enactment of the presentation of the charter for the markets, followed by an extensive walkabout with the Town Crier.

We’re inviting visitors and families to join us in Birmingham for a traditional day out enjoying the fun, old fashioned entertainment, history talks and of course the outstandingly good value of Birmingham's historic outdoor and indoor markets.

There will be a medieval theme at St Martins, the Town Crier and we are also including echoes of Birmingham's historic Onion Fair – and what’s more, you could even get your onions, fruit and veg. served by the Lord Mayor!
There will be a stilt walker in Knight's costume and other entertainments about which more in the next posting, all leading up to the grand events of Saturday.

The Michaelmas Fayre continues on Friday (Oct 2) when events include a talk from Professor Carl Chinn on 1,000 years of the markets at 2.30pm in St Martins.

So do come along to the Lord Mayor’s Michaelmas Fayre on Tuesday, 29th September, Friday 2nd October and Saturday 3rd October from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm at the Markets, Bull Ring, Birmingham, B5 4RB.

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