THE Charter Fair returned to Salisbury’s Market Place and Guildhall Square on Sunday until yesterday.

In 1227 - seven years after the building of Salisbury Cathedral began - King Henry III granted a Charter to the Bishop of Salisbury to hold a fair on the third Monday in October.

That same Charter granted the City permission to hold a market every Tuesday. Both Charter Market and Annual Fair are still held to this very day.

The Charter Fair was officially opened by the Mayor of Salisbury, John Lindley.

New rides this year included the Star Gate for thrillseekers and Race-a-Rama for children.

The fun is set to continue tomorrow night when Salisbury Carnival kicks off in the city centre at 7.30pm.