I do not know when the West Looe May Fayre started but there are records dating back to at least the 1930s. If anyone has any more information, please do let me know.
The Looe May Day Fayre was held in West Looe right up until 1992 when it was moved to the Millpool car park due to the increased traffic passing though West Looe. I suspect this sounded the death knell for the event as I can’t imagine it had the same feel right the way over in the Millpool! Anyway, the first May Day Fayre in Looe for many years was held last year (2010) and was such a big success that they decided to do it all again this year.
I won on the Tombola!
I passed the organisers setting up the Fayre in the morning. It was raining! Luckily, as the day went on the sun came out and I think everyone had a great time. Tempted by the jovial atmosphere of the ladies on the stall, I had a go on the West Looe Playgroup’s Tombola. It was a £1 for three lucky dip tickets, so I paid my money and picked out three tickets. Now, I never win anything so you can’t believe the smile on my face when the last ticket, number 420, meant I’d won a jar of balloons :-). Simple things!
A big thanks
The main financial supporters for the event were Looe Town Council and West Looe Town Trust. Other support came from the Looe Harbour Commissioners, The Looe Lions Club, Looe in Bloom, the Riverside and St Nicholas Churches and the Fire Service. I should also mention the fact that stall holders went from 12 in 2010 to 26 in 2011 so they and all the other participants should also be thanked for their hard work and dedication on the day.
I went along in 2010 and took some photographs which you can see below this year’s photos. I hope you like them. If you were there and took some photos, why not join our Flickr Group and add your pictures – it’s free!