Corby Pole Fair Archive Screening

VIP guest Lord Lieutenant James Watson Saunders at Corby Pole Fair film screening ©Alison Bagley for the Northants Telegraph

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Corby Pole Fair Archive Screening

The archive film Corby Royal Charter and Pole Fair 1585 – 2002 is available to watch online on YouTube and the Corby Pole Fair Facebook page.

About the Film

Read the article in the Northants Telegraph about the Corby Pole Fair film premiere, which took place on Thursday 24th June 2021, introduced by special guest Lord Lieutenant James Watson Saunders at a VIP screening for all those who were involved in the making of the film. 

Public screenings took place all day after the launch, to allow the community to learn about the history of the event, view some of the archives and make suggestions as we prepare for the next Corby Pole Fair on Friday 3rd June 2022.

Our praise goes to Judy Caine and Paul Balmer from HD Media CIC for bringing this piece of Corby history together for the community to enjoy for many years to come. Over the last year, HD Media CIC and their young media trainees have been busy researching, collating and editing photography, film footage and personal memories of the Pole Fair from 1902 onwards. This includes rare footage, which has been digitised to the highest standard, to document the traditions, frivolity and community spirit of the Pole Fair.

Our gratitude goes to all of  HD Media’s young trainees and everyone else involved in the film, which was made possible thanks to generous support from the National Lottery via the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund.

About the Pole Fair

The Pole Fair is a major community celebration, which takes place in the Old Village area of Corby every 20 years and is said to have been celebrated in some form for over a thousand years. There are numerous traditions that take place at every fair, including a dawn parade with a reading of the town’s charter, floral gateways to the old village area of Corby, and a greasy pole competition. At the celebration of the Pole Fair in Corby every person entering the village has to pay a small toll or face the stocks. Previous fairs have also included markets, performances, historical re-enactments and a large fun fair.

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Last updated 29th May 2022

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