MORE than 100 years of tradition has come to an end after one of Huddersfield’s oldest fairs was cancelled.
The Yetton Rant, held in Kirkheaton every Spring Bank Holiday since the 1890s, will not go ahead this year.
Organisers said the recession has hit the fair, with the cost of running it one of the reasons for it being cancelled.
Alexandra Moran, whose grandfather and father both ran the event before her, said it was the first time the fair had been scrapped.
She said: “It has really upset me to do it, but I can’t keep going with what it costs me.”
Yetton Rant took its name from the Anglo Saxon for ‘Kirkheaton’ and an old word meaning ‘wild revel.’
It took place in the fields next to the Beaumont Arms pub on Church Lane.
At its height huge crowds turned up to enjoy traditional fairground rides, stalls and entertainment.
Mrs Moran, 68, who lives in Normanton, has been involved with the event since she was a child.
She said she had to subsidise the last two fairs because of poor attendance.
She added: “This year I advertised it and only the man with the dodgems wanted to do it.
“It was terrible last year and the year before was bad as well.
“With the recession, I don’t think there’s the money there for a lot of people.”
She said people moving into Kirkheaton were not aware of how important the tradition was.
She added: “We are hoping that things change and that next year we can sort something out.
“It has hurt us. It will be a hard weekend when we’re not there.”
Dalton councillor Roger Battye said he had not been made aware there were problems with the event.
He said: “No-one has been in touch with us to say there has been a problem.
“If there was, they shouldn’t have waited until it got this far.
“We could have looked at doing something to help.
“It’s a big disappointment. It happens on such a regular basis, maybe people were complacent and didn’t realise there were problems with the finances.
“We shouldn’t have left it this late to do something about it.
“I feel sad we’re losing our traditions.”
Rev Richard Steel, rector of Kirkheaton Parish Church, said the news was a loss for the village.
He said: “It’s very said for the community that something that has been here so long won’t be back this year.
“I really hope they can come back again next year.”
The Kirkheaton Arts Festival, which has been run in conjunction with the fair for the last four years, will go ahead as planned in the last weekend in May.