Reach is a village about 10 miles north east of Cambridge. The ancient township has been inhabited for over 2,000 years. It was the centre of considerable trade in mediaeval times and was granted a charter to hold an annual fair at Rogation-tide by King John in 1201. The Fair now takes place every year on May Bank Holiday.
By tradition the Fair is opened at midday by the Mayor of Cambridge who then throws newly minted penny coins to the children of the village.
A somewhat more recent addition to the Fair is a bike ride from Cambridge to Reach. Cyclists of all ages, shapes and sizes congregated in front of The Guildhall in the Market Square, setting off at 10am they wind their way to Reach for the Fair opening. Our all action Mayor, Shelia Stuart was one of the many that enjoyed the ride.