Glasgow Fair

English: Cycle racks in Glasgow Green Penny fa...

English: Cycle racks in Glasgow Green Penny farthing shaped racks in Glasgow Green, near the adventure playground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s all happening in Glasgow as the annual Glasgow Fair gets underway.

Originally the fair was a time when people could bring goods to a market held in the precincts of Glasgow Cathedral, or bring livestock to be traded. The origins of the Fair can be traced back as far as the 12th Century.

In the 1800s, the Fair was moved to the much bigger area of Glasgow Green and gradually became a time when Glaswegians would take their summer holidays. The Glasgow Fair now extends over a fortnight. After the Second World War, it became traditional for factories and businesses to close so that workers could enjoy the holiday. Thousands would head for the coast either by train or on paddle steamers, a tradition that became known as going “doon the watter”.

These days, only the Monday is a local holiday. However the Fair Fortnight is a time of fun and frivolity in Scotland’s largest city with everything from life music, street theatre and continental markets to the fair itself on Glasgow Green with its scream-inducing rides, popcorn and candyfloss.

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