THE annual Winsford Salt Fair has been hailed a huge success.

Sharlands Fun Fair attracted record crowds, Winsford Town councillors were told at a meeting last night.

Open days at the Brunner Guildhall proved very popular as various groups and organisations showcased their work.

A regatta attracted boaters into the town and creative residents who mounted an art and crafts exhibition at The Red Lion were praised for their inspirational work.

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Musicians performing at the Brunner Guildhall


Mikron Theatre revived memories of Butlin's in a fun filled show called Redcoats at Winsford Academy.

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Redcoats Lyn and Barry played by Rachel Benson and Christopher Arkeston who revived Butlin's in a show at Winsford Academy Photo: Peter Boyd

The funfair was opened on Dene Drive car park by deputy town mayor Cllr Don Beckett.

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Cllr Dorothy Jump, Steve Smith and deputy mayor Cllr Don Beckett at the opening of Sharlands Fun Fair

Mayor Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones told town councillors on Monday evening: "The Salt Fair was a great success.

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Dancers outside the Brunner Guildhall

"Lots of people came to see the various community groups in the Guildhall. Families who wouldn't normally come to an open day came to watch their children dancing.

Winsford Guardian: Dancers performing at the Brunner Guildhall open days

"Various groups have expressed an interest in hiring rooms including support groups. Mental health services are keen to use the space.

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Parents were delighted to watch children dancing


We are hoping to get the building back to being used by groups who do a lot of good work."

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Sharlands Fun Fair attracted record crowds during Winsford Salt Fair

Former Cllr Tony Hooton spoke about the event during the open forum.

He said: "The funfair attracted a lot of people. I went twice. I took my wife on the dodgems, it was great!

"The Guildhall was excellent. It was good to see so many community groups using it."

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Cllr Damon Horrill commended the River Weaver Navigation Society for hosting the regatta.

He said: "I'd like to recognise the hard work of lots of people at the Salt Fair including the regatta organisers. It was great.

"Boaters came to the Mikron Theatre event and attended a reception at The Red Lion. They sailed through the town and moored at the waterfront.

"The arts and crafts exhibition was wonderful and well attended."