SUMMER has finally arrived as Marlow town centre began getting dressed for the summer this week.

Marlow Town Council installed the first phase of colourful bunting to the High Street on Tuesday to usher in a summer of events and celebrations in the town.

This weekend sees the ever popular May Fayre, which takes place in Higginson Park on Saturday.

The free event is organised by Marlow and District Round Table and Marlow Ladies Circle to raise money for charity, with organisers hoping to best last year’s total of over £4000.

This year sees the introduction of a dog show at 11.15am, with prizes for the winning pooches.

And thousands of plastic birds will begin their journey along the river from 4pm as the famous Thames Duck Race begins.

The fayre will also feature hundreds of stalls and rides, a vintage car display, barbeque, real ale tent, Punch and Judy, kids activity marquee, tea tent and performances throughout the day.

The Free Press has its very own stand at the fayre, featuring a tombola with a prize for everyone and a chance to win one of two giant bears. Tickets cost £1 which includes a copy of the Marlow Free Press.

As summer gets underway. the town council is hopeful it can extend the colourful flags from the High Street to Spittal Street and West Street later this year.

The council is currently seeking permission from landlords to install extra anchor bolts, meaning the bunting can be rolled out further across town.

Hanging baskets are again being erected to brighten up Marlow for the summer.

And in addition to the council’s flower beds in the town centre, Marlow Chamber of Commerce organise sponsorship for the bright displays seen in the High Street, Market Square, Spittal Street and the junction with Dean Street.