But the fairs' reputation for drunkenness has mellowed with time and the point is made that very few of the old mop fairs
survived the First World War in their traditional role.
A working party has been set up to decide the future of Warwick's Mop Fair
, which runs over two weekends.
The town is one of the few to retain its two-day Mop Fair
Main picture: MARK RADFORD; FRIENDLY ENGLISH BOBBIES: PCs Mick Mole and Keith Bayliss on patrol during Stratford Mop Fair
have their picture taken in October, 1969, with Jeffrey Scott, wearing a toy policeman's helmet
Six towns in south Warwickshire hold mop fairs
TOWNS across south Warwickshire are gearing up for annual mop fairs
which bring delight to families - but groans from some traders.
Southam's mop fair
was due to take place today and Warwick's is held next Friday and Saturday and again the following week.
WARWICK'S traditional Mop fair
has come under fire from the town's traders after allegations of intimidation and disorganisation.
But fortunately the age of Runaway Mop Fairs
where young women were hired if they could wash, baKe and scrub are well and truly behind us.