Hundreds of people visited the Cheam Charter Fair as it returned once again for its 759th year over the weekend.

Residents both in and surrounding areas attended the annual event which dates back to 1259 when Henry III granted Cheam a charter – making it a town.

A variety of stalls, entertainment for kids, as well as a range of food were all available for visitors on May 12.

Kasumi Witty, Cheam Charter Fair Committee chair, said: “There was a huge variety of stalls to browse including beautiful craft stalls and local businesses running activities for kids through to Surrey Jive with their cadillacs and St Dunstan’s Mothers’ Union with their delicious cakes.

“The fair is a fantastic long-running tradition in Cheam, starting with the procession led by the Mayor [councillor Jean Crossby] and it brings out the community spirit in everyone.”

'Firm' historical records of the annual event go back to the 1800s when a fairground accompanied the market, according to the committee.

Traders traditionally mark out their stalls in advance of the fair, with a start time on the day at 9am.

Lucy Duckworth, from the Cheam Life Facebook, group, said: “I love Cheam Charter Fair, for me it really embodies Cheam, there's so much interesting history in this area.

“Everyone that comes loves all the eclectic stalls, and look forward to coming back! It's also so unusual to have free stalls - and to add to the fun, stall holders have to 'chalk their pitch'.

“Some come with a piece of chalk to mark their pitch over a week beforehand, hoping that it won't rain and wash it all away so they have to start all over!”

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