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St Giles event doesn’t just attract fair-weather fans
9:30am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
THOUSANDS braved the wet weather to enjoy the fun of the fair in Oxford yesterday.
The annual two-day St Giles’ Fair which has been running as a funfair since the 1850s, got off to a slow but steady start.
Lord Mayor of Oxford, Dee Sinclair, opened the fair at 10.30am.
She said: “Residents will still come despite the weather.
“It’s lovely to see the vibrancy and different colours – it’s a special event for the city.”
There were umbrellas and raincoats dotted around St Giles but still plenty of smiling faces.
Some braved the event’s biggest thrill ride in the rain – Air – which spins riders at 100ft.
Among the other rides on offer were a ghost train, dodgems and carousel ride.
Witney resident Alison Jerred brought her three-year-old daughter, Amber, to the fair for the first time.
Mrs Jerred said: “I’ve been coming here for 30 years.
“I don’t think you can let the weather put you off – we had a great time.”
Amber said: “It was lovely, I liked the carousel.”
St Giles’ Fair continues today.