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Visitors flock to Moulton Village Crow Fair
VISITORS came from all over the north west to witness a village fete with a difference on Saturday.
Moulton Village Crow Fair drew the crowds again this year for its quirky celebration of rural community life and village history.
The highlight of the day is the unique crow dance, a tradition dating back to the 1920s and performed by men of the village dressed in black crow suits with wings and yellow beaks.
Clr Tony Rigby, Moulton Parish Council chairman, said: “Well, what a turn out, it’s absolutely fantastic.
“And it isn’t just a local event now, it’s bringing people in from all over Northwich, Winsford and the surrounding areas – even people from Warrington and I spoke to a couple from Liverpool who came for the day because they’ve heard of the crow fair.
“It’s becoming a very popular event.”
The crow fair fell by the wayside in the 1970s but was brought back in 2006 by Moulton Events Committee.
Fran Bennett, one of the people who helped resurrect it, said: “It’s a fantastic event with a lovely atmosphere – it always is.”
This year’s event also marked the official naming of Moulton’s Main Road Playing Field as a Queen Elizabeth II Field.
Clr Rigby said: “This is fantastic for the village because it’s protecting the field for perpetuity.
“There can be no development ever on this particular land.”
A plaque to mark its new status was unveiled by Moulton’s Jubilee princesses Lucy Finlay and Polly Atherton, both 10.
One of the new stalls at the event showcased Moulton’s new Facebook page, linking Moultoners up from all over the world and sharing historic photographs and video.
The stall was sponsored by Finning CAT and a number of other companies, with donations being presented to the fair organisers at the end of the event.
Barry Gibson, one of the Facebook group, said: “Our motto is ‘once a Moultoner, always a Moultoner’, I was born in Church Street and always say I’m a Moultoner living in Winsford.
“Moulton has given to us so now we are giving something back.”