The 2020 Fair Day was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. A group had come together to run it as an independent operation – the committee includes Coun John Beynon, Brett Turner of Turners Funfairs and Mark Wilson (catering) – as the Chamber of Trade had decided that it could no longer run the event.
It is usually held on the second Sunday in June, but the 2021 event is set to take place on Sunday, July 18 to take into account the current roadmap that could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by June 21.
Coun Beynon said that the team need to get sign-off from local bodies before Fair Day can go ahead and it will essentially come down to whether or not the final easing happens as planned on June 21.
He added: “There won’t be a parade and entertainment stage because we’ve decided that we don’t want lots of people to stand in close proximity to each other, but everything else is being planned.
“This includes the stalls on Bridge Street, the funfair in Newmarket, classic cars/motorbikes and fun activities at High Stanners, cars on the Market Place provided by sponsor Bristol Street Motors, a food court, some charity stalls and a smaller version of the Morpeth Lions’ book sale on Oldgate and the fun run to start the day organised by Morpeth Harriers.
“Hopefully we’ll get the go-ahead, especially as many people have told us how great it would be for Morpeth Fair Day to happen this summer.”