Neath Fair 2013
Neath Fair takes place on the second Thursday of September and its origin can be traced back to the original Charter granted in 1280. The year, 2013, makes the fair it's 733 visit to Neath. The oldest and perhaps the most prestigious fair in all Wales owes its origin to the granting of the Charter by Gilbert de Clare, the Lord Paramount of Gloucester and a Marcher Lord for whom Neath was a garrison town.
The granting of a charter to the burgesses of the town to hold a fair was primarily for economic reasons, despite the fact that the period when the Charter was granted was one of great turmoil with Neath being periodically attacked by the Welsh.
George Eaton writing the Story of Neath's Fair published to commemorate the 700th anniversary, believes that the fair was granted at this time in order to encourage the demoralised burgesses of the town to recover from the traumatic experiences of warfare and siege.
The original Charter for the fair had since been lost but the date for the 1280 fair can be found in the surviving fragments of a medieval Charter dating back to 1397.
In this document Thomas le Depenser confirms the earlier 1359 Charter granted by his father, which was in turn a confirmation of three earlier fair dates including the one from 1280.
This year again the weather was set "fair" apart from the misty evenings
Saturdays weather was superb as the autumn sun shone, Neath was vibrant with visitors and locals which made it a carnival like atmosphere. The lights of the fair certainly brightened up these dark misty evenings.
The Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, Cllr Marion Lewis, officially opens the 733 year fun fair.
Neath Fun Fair 2013
The historic horse fair 2013 takes place Thursday in Neath Cattle Market at the Green.
Video slide show of Neath Fair - 2013:-
Video slide show of Neath Fair - Horse Fair 2013:-