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Supporting people during the May Fair

The Showman’s Guild is offering free rides for disabled people and their carers on Wednesday, May 9, from 10am until noon, at Hereford’s May Fair.

Free rides will be available on the Waltzer, Twister and Dodgems, and people should meet at the Waltzer in High Town at 10am in order to take part. Help will be available from Herefordshire Public Services volunteers should anyone need it.

In a repeat of last year’s initiative, the volunteers will also be available from 10am until 8pm on May 9 to help anyone who asks.

Some people may want help getting onto fairground rides, others might just want a guiding hand around the attractions to do some shopping. You do not have to be disabled to take advantage of this free service.

The volunteers will be based in the Buttermarket until it closes at 5.30pm, where there will be a place for people to sit and have a chat. The volunteers will be in High Town, clearly identified with hi-visibility jackets, available to help people until 8pm after the Buttermarket closes.

Other steps taken to improve accessibility this year include disability awareness sessions for ride operators, a mobile “changing places” toilet in Gaol Street car park, and tables and seating on the Cathedral green.

There will also be a mini access audit for each individual ride. This will be available on the council’s website from 2pm on Tuesday, May 8, to help people decide before they come to the fair which of the rides they might be able to access.

Harriet Yellin, diversity officer for Herefordshire Council, said: “Navigating through the city centre to carry out daily activities like shopping can be a major challenge for disabled or older people when the May Fair takes over the centre of Hereford.

“We have listened to the disabled community and are making every effort to improve access during the May Fair.  A big thank you goes to the volunteers for giving their time,” she added.

“If you are in High Town on May 9 and would like a volunteer to spend some time with you, simply drop in and see us in the Buttermarket, or call 07792 880238 on the day, and we will come to you!”

Anyone wanting more information should contact Lynsey Radmore on 01432 260244 or email