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Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival: That’s the way to do it!

Maypole dancers, Covent Garden (Image: Emma Roberts)

Maypole dancers at Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival, St Paul’s Church (Image: Emma Roberts)

The annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival was held on Sunday to celebrate the 354th birthday of the world-famous puppet, Mr Punch!

For the last 41 years puppet enthusiasts, both amateur and professional, have gathered at St Paul’s Church, the parish church of Covent Garden long associated with the theatre community.

This year a grand procession through the sun-soaked streets of Covent Garden, lead by the Superior Brass Band, marked the beginning of the festivities.


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A special service was then held at the St Paul’s Church, with Punch accompanying the Vicar in the pulpit!

Scattered all around the Church’s bunting-framed courtyard, were Punch and Judy booths with shows running throughout the day.

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The day was a vibrant and genial celebration of puppet culture, and the quirky character of the event was even enough to win over self-diagnosed pupaphobe and LMMN reporter, Emma Roberts:

For upcoming information on next year’s event click here.

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