WINSFORD Salt Fair returned after a four-year hiatus.

Dancing, music and funfair rides filled the town as the hisoric family event made a welcome return, having not taken place since before the Coronavirus pandemic.

Organised by Winsford Town Council, the Salt Fair takes place each year to uphold a royal charter issued to the town by King Edward I in 1280 which granted a weekly market and annual fair.

Town clerk Mark Bailey said:  “We haven’t had a Salt Fair in Winsford since 2019 and it is so great to be able to welcome the event back to the town.

“The Salt Fair aims to celebrate the history and the heritage of the town and also aims to provide fun for all ages to enjoy.

“We are so grateful to everyone who took part, including our sponsors, Innovas, Cheshire West and Chester and the public who have come out, as usual, in great numbers."

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Northwich Guardian: Singer Sophie Bond performed on SaturdaySinger Sophie Bond performed on Saturday (Image: Winsford Town Council)

Winsford Salt Fair got underway on Wednesday (September 13) with a reading of the Salt Fair Charter by the town’s mayor, councillor Ernie Welch.

Councillor Welch was joined by junior mayor, Lily Atkin, for the reading at the George and the Dragon pub on Delamere Street, what was once the centre of the town.

The following day the mayor and junior mayor officially opened the Harry Sharland funfair on Church Street, which ran throughout the Fair.

Friday saw Mikron Theatre’s latest production, ‘Twitchers’, performed at the Winsford Academy.

Over 200 people watched the show which had been organised by Friends of Town Park, led by chair John Malam who has organised 14 such plays over the past few years.

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Northwich Guardian: There was a range of food and drink on offerThere was a range of food and drink on offer (Image: Winsford Town Council)

On Saturday, it was the turn of Winsford Town Council to host an event, on Marina Island.

Dancing from Fancy Feet got the show underway before singers from Winsford Academy were given a chance to entertain the crowds ahead of the headliner, Sophie Bond.

Alongside the live entertainment was food and drink stalls and various other activities to enjoy, including a crafting tent, funded from resources left over from the late Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in 2022.

The Salt Fair came to a close on Sunday (September 17) with dancers from all over the northwest descending on Winsford for the annual troupe dancing event at the Lifestyle Centre.

Northwich Guardian: There was a variety of stalls at the FairThere was a variety of stalls at the Fair (Image: Winsford Town Council)