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A large turnout is once again expected in the centre of Oxford for the annual St Giles' Fair, which this year takes place on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 September 2014.
The fair is one of the greatest and most prestigious in the country and it will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mohammed Abbasi on Bob Wilson Funfairs' “Air”, just south of Pusey Street, at 11am on Monday 8 September.
Fair-goers can look forward to all the traditional funfair rides and amusements like a coconut shy, helter skelter, a carousel, dodgems and waltzers combined with some exciting up-to-date, white-knuckle rides, like 'Air'. New to the fair this year will be a star flyer, to be located near to Martyrs Memorial.
The annual blessing service for St Giles' Fair will take place at 5.30pm on Sunday 7 September in front of St John's College.
Councillor Abbasi says: "St Giles' Fair is one of the great Oxford traditions. It has always moved with the times and I am sure that as usual it will provide a fun occasion for all the family."
The fair dates back to the early 17th century when it was a parish festival to celebrate the feast of the patron saint, St Giles. By the 18th century it had become a toy fair, while in the early 19th century it was a general children's fair. In the late part of the 1800s, it became more like the type of funfair we see today with a mixture of mechanical rides and side stalls.
Road closures in the area of St Giles' will apply from 12.01am on Sunday 7 September through to 8.30am on Wednesday 10 September. The usual diversion routes will be sign posted.
Full details can be found below.
PROHIBITION OF VEHICLES:
The alternative City through-route for traffic is via Worcester Street, Walton Street, Kingston Road, St. Margaret's Road and vice versa.
Exemptions to the restrictions are included for emergency services and for access. Access to properties within the closed area has been advised in writing to residencies, colleges, businesses and will be supervised by marshals.
Released on Wednesday 3 September 2014