You couldn't get a finer tradition than the Portland Fair.

The popular fair had been held every autumn for more than 200 years, traditionally the weekend nearest to November 5.

It was always recognised as a place where old friends from different parts of the island would meet up - people would even meet their future spouses at the fair!

Here, we bring you a selection of photos from the fair over the years combined with a mixture of screenshots courtesy of another of Stuart Morris's wonderful videos from the 1995 to 2001 fair days.

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An early image of the Portland Fair (Thanks to Portland Museum)

It was held in the main street at Chiswell where it had been since 1860. Before that, it was held in the Fair Field at the top of Fortuneswell.

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Dodgems at Portland Fair in the 1960s

Originally a traditional sheep and cattle fair, it's origins are lost in time. In 2007 the fair moved out of the street to grassland near Victoria Square, where it drastically shrunk in size.

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The Crooked Cottage - From S. Morris footage

The origin of Portland Fair is, like most other fairs in the district, ‘wrapt in mystery.’

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Portland Mayor Sylvia Bradley on the dodgems with Carol Wynn after opening the fair in 2012

It was one of those medieval fairs permitted to localities in order to provide facilities for the exchange of goods produced locally for those which were taken around the country by travelling merchants.

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The fair's Noah's Ark - From S. Morris footage

An effort was made to abolish the fair, but the then clerk, Mr J Howard Bowen, ruled that being a statute fair the council could do nothing without a government order.

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Stalls in Chiswell - from S. Morris footage

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A dizzying ride all lit up - from S. Morris footage

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Another wild ride at the fair - from S. Morris footage

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Flying through the air at the Portland Fair - From S. Morris footage

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Crowds would flock to the Portland Fair - From S. Morris footage