Europe's largest travelling fair dates from 13th century
HULL Fair is Europe's largest and oldest travelling fair, dating back to the 13th century.
Originally, permission was given for it to be held in the city the day before the feast of Holy Trinity.
The changing calendar in the 18th century almost sparked a riot when Hull people thought the loss of 11 days would affect the fair.
A mob charged through the streets in 1751, demanding the return of their festivities.
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From that year on, October 11 became the official date for Hull Fair.
It has been sited at various venues throughout the city, including Nelson Street, Market Place and Park Street. It moved to its present site in Walton Street in 1888.
During the war, Hull Fair stopped when many of its showmen were called to the frontline.
The fairground site was requisitioned for military purposes.
It reopened in 1945, with Lord Mayor John Nicholson saying: "If any place in the country was entitled to relaxation, it was the battered city of Hull."