I am sure that many of your readers will share with me the joy at the news of the possible axing of the Pinner Fair ['Fair facing axe after 700 years', Observer, March 12].
The Pinner Fair is only a means for The Showman's Guild of Great Britain to park their noisy rides in Pinner,after having done so on the previous days on Hampstead Heath.
The fair brings no economic benifit to Pinner except for the pubs, as most of the shops have to close because the rides come right up to their front doors. Moreover the effect on trading goes beyond the one day of the fair itself but to the previous afternoon as well during the set-up period.
The fear of losing the Royal Charter is a nonsense.The council can, at any time,have family events in Pinner as it does so on the The Pinner Pantomime evening and other events in Pinner park, and it doesn't need a Royal Charter to do so.
The dictionary definition of a fair includes trading and entertaintment. For our part I would be more than happy on fair day to set up a stall ouside our shop selling books where all the proceeds go to charity and at the same time have my daugher,who is a proficient harpist, playing on the street where all donations raised will also go to charity.
No threat to the charter,money to charity,no costs to the ratepayers of Harrow and reductions on noise pollution. Axe the fair now - a winwin situation.
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