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All invited to enjoy a traditional mop fair.

Byline: By DUNCAN GIBBONS duncan.gibbons@mrn.co.uk

WARWICK town centre is to become a giant fairground with the return of the annual mop fair.

Rides and amusements begin tomorrow night and continue all day Saturday, and again the following weekend.

Several roads will be closed and diversions put in place, although most businesses will remain open as usual.

In medieval times mop fairs were places where owners of grand houses could hire staff, but are now largely fun fairs.

Graham Downie, secretary of the Showmen's Guild, whose members run the rides, said: "The event is really about involving all the family."

The fair underwent a public consultation exercise in the summer after concerns from some traders about its style and length, and the impact it has on business.

A team of four district councillors will make public their recommendations in December. Cllr John Holland, one of the members of the working party, said: "We are hoping that the guild will be able to put on a great couple of weekends to highlight the traditions of the mop and help to ensure that it remains popular in the future."

Roads closed for the fair over the next two weekends include Swan Street, Market Place, Old Square, New Bridge, Puckering's Lane, New Street, Brook Street, Market Street and The Holloway.

Linen Street Car Park will remain open until midnight.
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