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The Clarion and the Fairs

  • The Clarion was launched to keep in touch all those who came to the first Barsham Fair in 1972.
  • The paper appeared monthly, previewing Fairs and reporting on their progress.
  • Most issues carried a site plan and a programme of events for each Fair.
  • There were Special Editions for the Barsham Fairs.
  • The success of the Fairs enabled the Clarion to go into colour for its front pages, notably 1977 Bungay May Horse Fair.
  • There were lengthy articles about the main theatre and musical groups appearing.
  • Special 'EAAT Sheets' were inserted, to give an update of the East Anglia Arts Trust.
  • The Clarion ended in 1984, the same year as the Fairs from which it sprang.

The Waveney Clarion, being born out of the first Barsham Faire, gave great coverage to the whole movement with special issues published to coincide with events, discussion, photographs, illustrations and articles devoted to 'all things Fairs'.

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