Tewkesbury’s Mop Fair
The Tewkesbury Mop Fair dates back to 12th century when farm hands, labourers, servants and craftsmen looking for work, would take along a piece of equipment to represent their trade. Those with no specific skills would carry a mop head to signify they were for free for work, hoping a prospective employer would spot them in the crowds.
This annual event arrived in town yesterday for two days. The town centre is closed to traffic and the rides and side-show fill the street sometime perilously close to bedroom windows.
The lights, movement and sounds are spectacular and everyone turns out to chill and thrill.