Neath Mayor enjoys Wales' oldest funfair
After a week of fun, Wales' oldest fair will leave Neath town centre this weekend - but not before the Town's Mayor had a go on the dodgems!
Neath Port Talbot Council Mayor Cllr Dennis Keogh became Mayor of the Dodgems at the funfair when he officially opened the attraction on Wednesday 12th September.
Traders from all around the UK and more recently from all over Europe, have been flocking to the popular four-day event with products on offer ranging from artisan foods, textiles, furniture, china, pottery and many more making the total of up to 140 stalls sited around the bustling streets of Neath Town Centre.
The fair located at Milland Road boasts around 27 rides and will be open from midday until late on it's last day - Saturday 15th September.
The fair always takes place in the second week of September and has truly ancient roots.
It is thought the fair can trace its origin back over the centuries to the original Charter granted in 1280 by Gilbert de Clare, the Earl of Gloucester and a Marcher Lord known as “Gilbert the Red” (possibly due to his hair colour) for whom Neath was a garrison town.
He died in 1295 at Monmouth Castle.
Cllr Annette Wingrave, Neath Port Talbot Council’s cabinet member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development said: “The fair is part of history being more than 700 years old and brings an influx of people into Neath in September which is really welcome.
“It is part of the line-up of big events in Neath such as The Great Guitar Gig, The Neath Food and Drink Festival and The Neath Real Ale and Cider Festival.”