March is preparing for the town’s biggest annual event – the St George’s Fayre on Sunday (April 27).
Bunting has already gone up around the town as everyone gets ready to celebrate England’s patron saint.
A continental market will be in the Market Place on Friday and on Saturday, British Beef Week will be celebrated at the market.
The Fayre itself promises to be the best yet, with a packed programme of entertainment for the expected 8,000-plus visitors.
It will kick off with the grand parade, departing from Bevills Place at 10.30am and arriving at the War Memorial for the opening at 11am.
There will be two performance stages, one in the War Memorial area and a second outside Iceland, and about 150 traders and other attractions throughout the town centre.
This year’s highlights will include:
• Spitfire flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, expected around 1.40pm.
• Musical performances from local bands and schools.
• Morris dancers, plus Sarah’s Street Style Dance and Dance Mania.
• March Youth Theatre and musical theatre group Madaos.
• “In the Mix” art exhibition with works by professional and semi-professional artists, plus a display of the winning entries and other finalists in the art and photography competition sponsored by leading local artist John Abbott.
There will be a bigger-than-ever craft fair with about 40 stalls, plus boat trips, a duck race and a children’s fancy dress competition.
People will also be able to try their hand at various circus skills or wash their dirty linen in public at a Victorian Washday at the museum, where members of the March Vintage Cycle Club will be in period costume.
During the afternoon there will be a big parade of local Scouts from Elwyn Road behind the town hall to St Peter’s Church.