Fury as village fair signs are cut down in Monks Kirby

Signs at Monks Kirby.'Pictured are Marc Galliford & Lady Denbigh
Signs at Monks Kirby.'Pictured are Marc Galliford & Lady Denbigh

Signs promoting a fair in Monks Kirby that’s been
running annually in the
village for 750 years have been sabotaged.

Organisers said they were shocked to discover banners promoting the Midsummer Country Fair had been cut from their frames and removed.

Organiser Marc Galliford said: “I am flabbergasted at this outrageous crime.

“The event benefits not only our community but also the wider area with over 100 stall holders taking part.”

He said there has been a summer event in the village following the granting of a charter for a Midsummer Fair by King Henry III in 1266.

“For many years it has been the village fete,” added Mr Galliford. “But in 2012 Monks Kirby Village Hall Trust received a grant from Warwickshire Leader fund to expand the fete to its original 13th century format of a country fair and market.”

The signs and banners are distinctive with a Union Jack background and a strap line promising a ‘Brilliantly British Family Day Out’. Witnesses should call Warwickshire Police quoting N-13-7759.

The fair takes place on Sunday, June 23 from noon to 4pm. Entrance costs £2.


Monks Kirby Midsummer Country Fair takes place in the garden grounds of Newnham Paddox, home of the Earl and Countess of Denbigh. On hearing the news of the vandalism, the Countess said: “This is shocking for everybody and particularly upsetting for the committee of volunteers who work so hard to make the event such an enjoyable family day out. New signs have been ordered and we simply will not be defeated by such a mindless act of vandalism, I have no doubt that the event will be a great success.”