This weekend is a special one for Rynners as it marks the fortieth year of the Penryn Fair Day.

Taking place on Saturday, it features a program packed with events for residents of all ages.

The festivities are a culmination of a year of hard work from the dedicated team of volunteers who make up the Penryn Town Fair Committee.

They have organised a range of entertainment featuring a much-anticipated appearance of street performer Titan the Robot, whose automaton antics will be on display outside the Methodist Church at 2pm and 4pm.

Before the parade at 1pm there will be a commemoration at the Stone on Quay Hill to the Prayer Book Rebellion – a momentous event in Cornish history.

The town fair parade will assemble at 12.50pm outside of the memorial to proceed to the Methodist Church supported by professors from the University of Exeter in their gowns.

Organisers have asked any local classic car enthusiasts to get in touch if they would like to get involved in the classic car display at Broad Street.

At 1pm, councillor Mary May will open the fair.

There will be road closures on Quay Hill, Broad St, Lower Market St, Higher Market St, The Terrace, West St and West End between 10.00am and 5.30pm to allow revellers to flood the streets and make the most of the festivities.

Market Stalls will be up outside the town hall and up and down Market Street as well as outside the Methodist Chapel.

St Keverne Silver Band will play from 1.20pm to 1.50pm and then again from 3pm to 3.30pm at The Terrace.

Memorial Gardens will host a range of activities for younger Rynners including a Punch and Judy show, bouncy castle, face painting and various stalls.

There will also be a giant slide at the top end of town and a chair-o-plane at Fish Cross.

Quay Hill will see the ever-popular Bingo on the Bus with eyes down at 2pm.

The town library will be open from 1.30pm serving as an information centre, first aid point, lost property and missing children point of contact.

Councillor Mary May has shared a brief history of the town's fair day.

She said: "Rosemary Ashwin had the idea that she would like to organise a fair/market in our town forty years ago.

"Her husband John Ashwin was a councillor and mayor at the time, so along with the Chamber of Commerce the first town fair was organised.

"In those days there was no road closure required so stalls were placed around the town and so popular was the fair that the people by attending forced the roads to be closed.

"Penryn has had many market charters granted over the years by the reigning monarch of the time, the first one was granted over 780 years ago."

She went on to say: "Over the years lots of celebs opened our town fair including Alvin Stardust, quite a few presenters including Judi Spiers, Fern Britten, Ray Shaddock, Brenda Wooton and lots more interesting people.

"Also in those days whatever monies were raised on the day went to charities both national and local including Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

"Many thousands of pounds were raised. Some twenty years ago that changed and local organisations were allowed to keep the monies that they raised on their stalls.

"The same format of the fair has continued over the years. We have had some knockbacks including in 2012 when it rained all day."