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Evening Standard from London, Greater London, England • 18

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EVENING STANDARD Ament alternatives to carnival 1 8 THURSDAY 24 AUGUST 2000 Bartholomew Fair left was already 700 years old when this scene was painted in the 1700s The Notting Hill event has been attracting revellers in carnival costumes below since 1965 Flair and fire offer escape from crowds of Notting Hill A RECORD 22 million people may be expected to converge in west London but the Notting Hill Carnival is certainly not the only show in town or indeed out of town this weekend In Smithfleld Bartholomew Fair which dates back to the 11th Century considerably longer than the carnival which started in 1965 is being revived while in Devon a model of the old city of London is being burned in a re-enactment of the Great Fire Neither will draw anything like the huge numbers expected in and around Notting Hill on Sunday and Monday when organisers are hoping for the biggest and most spectacular carnival yet But both will offer a quaint alternative for those who find the soca reggae hip-hop and crowds of Notting Hill a daunting prospect Instead of steel pan bands and lavish costumes Bartholomew Fair will start with a flock of sheep being herded across London Bridge on Sunday morning in celebration of the ancient rights of Freemen of the City and will proceed to Smithfleld Market where from 11am some 40 stalls will sell fruit and anniversary of the Great Fire of London which is also being commemorated this weekend Volunteers have spent the past two years erecting 16 replica buildings from the era as well as a St not the familiar domed version by Sir Christopher Wren but its spired predecessor which burned down in the disaster Retired accountant Robin Eve like Mr Taylor has an ancient title Chief Commoner of the Corporation of London and will light the Pudding Lane touch paper in Great Torrington Devon on Saturday For those looking for a more con could revive it Although on the same weekend as the Notting Hill Carnival I really see the two events clashing because they are so different One is a very modem carnival and the other is like a traditional old English fair began as a cloth fair but soon became more geared to entertainment with wrestlers fire-eaters and tight-rope walkers Unfortunately such displays and the public disorder they supposedly encouraged were not to the taste of the Victorians and the City authorities finally suppressed the fair in 1866 coincidentally the 200th by JOHN STURGIS and INDIRA PAS-GUPTA vegetables meat from Smithfleld butchers and fish from Billingsgate The fair which is free is being organised by the and Drovers Charitable Institution Chairman Colin Taylor who will be herding the sheep alongside celebrity cook Clarissa Dickson Wright said: HI just happened to see an article about the old fair which was first started by Henry court jester and thought it would be a great thing for Londoners if we temporary day out however the carnival is undoubtedly the place to go Highlights this year include record numbers of floats and DJ Norman 20th anniversary performance For more details on carnival events see the guide in this Hot Tickets magazine free with Evening Standard Pi tjy mmiJh sateeiF A S- 1 1 mm -V' A- VAUXHALL Raising the Standard "Frier frauffd mUt a pankipaini drain rally fir can adrmJ aid ihm atnrd hmarra I AupiM and 30 Scptrffihcr 2000 Oflcr iwiUiic Id prink indivkluaii and non-VAT KpiMned bmmmn only AD other lain attptha aar nriudni Offer apriin to Khirin huill phra to 21 dy 2000 Subject lo awilahilkji Inra and condkiraia On ihr mid pnic mbita tenmaniiM nM nf mimhcrpiaMand dclmry to irahaldraln of 1523 (mdudm 17819 VAT) 12 lonth Cmwnmn Kind Fund lictnct of £IH ind Ihr DVIA nr whldr fini pillion fa of I2i Metallic part ihhlr optimal aw fa 1250 pndudini VAT Oftr ownut ltd In conjunction with finance pont Alii or Gv2Cv MmlHk Hr Inumn wdMr In drlwn I7-H0 (1100 minimmi ocni hNk Mn and arnktiin.

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