Extra security measures for Worcester’s Victorian Fayre revealed - The Worcester Observer

Extra security measures for Worcester’s Victorian Fayre revealed

Rob George 27th Nov, 2017   0

EXTRA security measures have been put in place ahead of this year’s Victorian Fayre, which takes place in Worcester’s city centre from Thursday until Sunday, December 3.

Large concrete road blocks with gates will be placed in front of all access points to the fayre.

The blocks have been independently tested to ensure they can withstand a vehicle being driven in to them at speed.

Concrete blocks will be placed at Copenhagen Street just before the entry to the Guildhall, Broad Street by The Shambles, Friar Street and The Cross where it meets the High Street.

Pedestrian barriers will also be installed around the roadside perimeter of Cathedral Square.

“Our top priority is to ensure that visitors are safe as they enjoy everything which our traditional Victorian Fayre has to offer,” said David Blake, managing director of Worcester City Council.

“Although we are not aware of any specific threats to Worcester, we are putting these barriers in place as an extra precaution. There is no need for concern or alarm.”

Supt Kevin Purcell, Policing Commander for South Worcestershire said: “This is one of our most enjoyable weekends of the year.

“We welcome the excellent work our colleagues at Worcester City Council have done to ensure people remain safe.

“For our part, we will increase policing patrols to reassure and prevent crime, as we always do for this event.”

Now in its 25th year, the Victorian Christmas Fayre is one of the most prestigious street fayres of it’s kind in the Midlands – contributing an estimated £7million to the local economy each year.

This year’s event promises to be truly spectacular, with nearly 200 stalls filling the streets of Worcester.

There is a wonderful range of products to be discovered at this fantastic street market, including colourful crafts, festive gifts and speciality foods.

There will also be a fantastic programme of entertainment to celebrate the Fayre’s special anniversary this year.

Look out for Victorian characters in Gin Lane, lofty entertainers on stilts, brilliant musicians on various stages and buskers on every street corner.

Visit www.worcesterchristmasfayre.co.uk or the Worcester Tourist Information Centre, next door to The Guildhall for more information.


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