Plenty of fun at Faffen Fuffen

Clifton Village Community Association Faffen Fuffen Fair.
Clifton Village Community Association Faffen Fuffen Fair.

Villagers put the fun into Faffen Faffen at the weekend when the traditional summer fair returned to Clifton, Brighouse.

Cool and windy weather did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who took part in a procession through the village and fun activities at Clifton Park.

Clifton Village Community Association Faffen Fuffen Fair. Four-year-old Ronnie Nicholson.

Clifton Village Community Association Faffen Fuffen Fair. Four-year-old Ronnie Nicholson.

The fair has its origins in the comic bands which grew up alongside the brass bands in towns and villages in West Yorkshire in the 19th century.

In Clifton the tradition lapsed about 20 years ago but was revived this year by Clifton Village Community Association.

Chairman Andrew Russell said: “There was a great atmosphere and it was brilliant to see the whole community taking part.

“The procession was led by Clifton and Lightcliffe Band and people of all ages joined in with handmade musical instruments of all kinds including pots, pans and whistles.

Clifton Village Community Association Faffen Fuffen Fair. Pig racing.

Clifton Village Community Association Faffen Fuffen Fair. Pig racing.

“It was noisy rather than musical but it was a lot of fun.

“On the field the wipeout competition was a huge success and the pig races, hog roast and stalls were well-supported.”

The fair was opened by Helen Lever, head teacher at St John’s Primary Academy with the oldest and youngest pupils, Eleanor Wright and Rose Phillips. Children at the school had been learning about the origins of the fair and making masks to wear and musical instruments to play in the procession.

Guests from the village visited St John’s to answer children’s questions about their memories of Faffen Fuffen and there were displays around the school.

Mrs Lever said: “It could have been a bit warmer but despite that it was an amazing day. For many of the children it was their first experience of taking part in a procession and there was a great sense of excitement.

“In my speech I mentioned that we had been finding out about people’s memories of the Faffen Fuffen Fair, and now the children were making memories of their own.”

Mr Russell said the community association was keen to keep up the momentum in the village and that future events could include a Scarecrow Festival.

“We will be meeting in the near future to discuss future events. We are keen not to let the momentum created by the fair slip away.”