30th Leighton-Linslade May Fayre will be ‘bigger and better’ as Rotary Club dedicates £11k to big day!

The fayre is Bedfordshire's biggest single day event. Credit: Jane Russell
The fayre is Bedfordshire's biggest single day event. Credit: Jane Russell

The Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade is hoping to make the 2019 May Fayre “bigger and better” than ever before, as the town’s landmark event reaches its 30th anniversary.

The success of this year’s fayre - which saw record crowds, has put the club in good spirits, as it has already met to discuss finances and bookings.

£11,000 has been committed towards the big day, with the club even putting in applications to see if it can get either the Red Arrows or a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, hoping the occasion will be one to cherish forever.

Rotarian, Richard Johnson OBE, said: “In essence what we’d like to do to celebrate is have entertainment - better entertainment. It sounds a bit derogatory to past performances, but it’s not meant to be!

“We’re trying to take a step up and professional acts are quite expensive these days; we want the right sort of pazzazz about the whole thing.”

In a bid to go the extra mile, the club has dedicated £5,000 from its £11,000 to entertainment, and Richard, on behalf of the club, wrote a letter to Leighton-Linslade Town Council asking it to match the five grand figure.

The letter read: “It is worth remembering that the May Fayre grew out of adversity and became one of the town’s flagship events...I would urge the Town Council to support our efforts.”

However, in a report by the Cultural and Economic Services Committee, the town council recommended an endorsement of only £1,000 for the May Fayre celebrations (to be confirmed at a meeting on Monday, September 3).

Richard told the LBO before the meeting: “If the recommendation goes through then we will be pleased to receive the support.”

However, the outcome was better than expected.

Richard told the LBO: “The Town Council upped the figure to £2,500! We are really pleased that the Town Council recognised the very special place that May Fayre holds in the community.

“We will do our very best to make it a special 30th anniversary celebration.”

In 1989 the fayre was originally held to raise funds for All Saints Church, after it was damaged by fire in the 1980s.

The organisers didn’t wish to take it on every single year, so asked if anyone would. The Rotary Club accepted and has run it ever since.