The March edition of The Fairground Mercury, the quarterly journal of the Fairground Association of Great Britain, has been posted to all its members. This new edition contains a full round-up of machine ownership changes over the last quarter, together with photographs of some of the rides concerned. Also in this edition: Neil Calladine writes about Fred Kimber, the animal dealer who supplied a variety of wild animals to fairground menageries and circuses; Doug Roseaman takes his quarterly look at the world of fairground model making; and the goings-on at a 1937 Coronation week fair are recounted. The saga of Pettigrove’s Switchback is continued, while the history of the showman who presented amusements at Alexandra Palace at the start of the 20th century is explored. On a seasonal note, the Mercury takes a look at Great Yarmouth’s historic Easter fair via a couple of splendid photographs from the early 1950s, while the problems of the 1961 Christmas fair at Wolverhampton are recalled in vivid, first-hand accounts. .
The Fairground Mercury is sent free to all FAGB members four times a year. To obtain a copy of this and the next three issues send a subscription of £15 (OAPs and under 16s, £12) to Lynn Calladine, FAGB Membership Secretary, 29 Mill Street, Belper, Derbys DE56 1DT. Please note that there is a surcharge of £5 on all overseas subscriptions to cover air mail costs. Please make payment to FAGB and enclose as SAE for the despatch of your membership card. All new members will be sent a complimentary copy of the FAGB’s booklet marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the legendary showman Pat Collins.