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Mop ready to roll into town

Where: Tewkesbury town centre

When: Tuesday, October 9, and Wednesday, October 10, 4pm-10.30pm

Tewkesbury Mop Fair, which is the largest street fair in Gloucestershire, rolls into town next week.

The centrepiece is the fun fair with fairground rides, traditional games, sideshows, stalls and attractions in Tewkesbury town centre.

Rides will be open next Tuesday and Wednesday from 4pm to 10.30pm and the Mop will be officially opened by the Mayor at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

The Mop Fair, which dates back to the 12th Century, has been running for 800 years, and is presented by James Danter, a member of the famous Danter showman family.

The Mop Fair takes over Tewkesbury's Medieval town centre with rides and stalls squeezed between Tudor buildings and in some of the town centre car parks.

The Mop Fair got its name centuries ago when farm hands, labourers, servants and craftsmen looking for work would take along a piece of equipment to represent their trade. Those with no specific skills would carry a mop head to signify they were free for work, hoping a prospective employer would spot them in the crowds.

Many shops, cafes, pubs and resturants will stay open during Tewkesbury Mop.

Some streets will be closed during the Mop. Car parking is provided a short walk away.

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