This blog often receives comments about the traditional Abingdon Street Fair.
Some commenters argues that it causes disruption and should be put somewhere less disruptive – like in a field outside the town centre. Other people comment, ironically, that it is the only time when the Abingdon traffic system works.
But this year I got a different complaint – NOT that the fair is in the wrong place, BUT that the fair is on the wrong date.
An Abingdonian – born and bred – argued that the Abingdon Street Fair is also the traditional Abingdon Michaelmas Fair. Michaelmas – the Feast of Saints Michael the Archangel – falls on 29th September. So the Fair should be on the Monday and Tuesday after Michaelmas – not a week later.
So are we in Abingdon taking the Michaelmas festivities too far from their traditional meaning?