Fair needs support

ORGANISERS of Nailsea Victorian Street Fair are desperately appealing for businesses to sponsor the event. So far only seven companies have stepped up to help and if more do not come forward the entertainment may have to be cut back. Despite the apathy, N

ORGANISERS of Nailsea Victorian Street Fair are desperately appealing for businesses to sponsor the event.So far only seven companies have stepped up to help and if more do not come forward the entertainment may have to be cut back.Despite the apathy, North Somerset Councillor and street fair organiser, Anne Kemp, said if they only have a handful of stalls on the night, the event will still go ahead.She said: "We desperately need some sponsors. Some of the bigger businesses haven't offered to help or even donated prizes for the children's fancy dress competition."I find it apathetic. "It's a community event and we want it to be the best one yet."It's very popular so it's not going to be cancelled this year, even if we've only got half a dozen stalls. "We have problems most years, but this year it is slightly worse."Organisers need sponsorship to be able to cover the cost of putting on the fair.One of the biggest bills is insurance for the entertainers, so if businesses do not help the festivities will have to be kept to a minimum.Organisers will also be appealing to Nailsea Town Council to help foot some of the costs.The fair is on from 5.30-9pm and so far a funfair, stilt walkers, Christmas carols from the Lions Club of Nailsea and a hog roast will be keeping residents entertained.There will also be a children's Victorian fancy dress competition and organisers are appealing for prizes for the contest.Traders and stallholders will be able to vie for some goodies by dressing up their windows and tables so shoppers feel they are stepping into the Victorian era.Many of the shops will be opening late so revellers can do a spot of Christmas shopping on the evening.Organisers are also looking for a marching band to play during the fancy dress competition on the night.The band will walk from The Royal Oak along the High Street. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event, running a stall or providing the music on the evening can contact Anne on 01275 857210.


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