THE future of Bridport’s May Fair may be in doubt unless more people step forward to inject a new lease of life into the event.

This year’s fair, held on the Millennium Green at Mountfield, saw former West Dorset MP Sir James Spicer crown the Queen of the May, traditional maypole dancing and special Jubilee competitions.

Organiser Sandra Brown said that while the fair went well, despite an unseasonably chilly Sunday, the number of people who attended and the amount of money raised was down on previous years.

The Friends of Bridport Millennium Green have arranged the event for the community and visitors on the Green outside the Town Council’s Mountfield in the centre of town.

Although this year’s fair had a Jubilee feel, and the people who attended had a good time, Coun Brown said she was concerned that the May Fair might not have a future.

Apart from a barbecue, stalls and a display by the Bridport Dog Training Society, a crown-making competition had been organised for children and a contest was held to find the most patriotic dog and owner.

She said: “There were perhaps not as many people there as normal and we have made about £300 so far, with some more money still to come in.

“But I can’t help thinking that people just don’t have the money these days and there are lots of other things to spend it on.

“I do wonder how much longer it can go on, as it is. We need more people on the committee to bring in some new ideas and energy.”

Sir James Spicer crowned Tara Grinter as May Queen and she also took the prize for the best crown. Her attendants were Lily George and Amy Laurence.

The most patriotic dog was Conny, in a red, white and blue coat, accompanied by owner Anna Hillman.

Anyone interested in joining the May Fair organising committee can contact Sandra Brown on 01308 423078.