TEWKESBURY’S famous Mop Fair makes a welcome return to the town next month.

The largest street fair in Gloucestershire will include fairground rides, traditional games, sideshows and stalls in the town centre on Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10.

The event - which dates back to the 12th Century - is free and starts at 6pm.

According to the Tewkesbury Fair Society, the name came about as farm hands, labourers, servants and craftsmen looking for work, would take along a piece of equipment to represent their trade to the annual fair.

When workers had no specific skills they would carry a mop head instead signifying that they were for free for work in the hope of a prospective employer spotting them in the crowds.

For more information call Tourist Information Centre on (01684) 855040.