A tribute to the late Vic King, who died earlier this year at the age of 96, is the main feature of the new edition of The Fairground Mercury. Vic contributed to the pages of the Mercury for over 30 years, during which time his MFD plans revolutionised the world of fairground modelmaking. Also remembered is the showman Alex Holland, a member of the FAGB and something of a character.
The story of Henry Smith, the showman who bought the very first Orbiter, is told by his grandson, who has been able to draw upon unique pictures from his family’s albums, while Owen Ralph looks at Preston Whitsuntide Fair and wonders whether it has a future. Also included are: some evocative colour photographs by David Springthorpe, taken exactly 50 years ago at the Ealing Common August bank holiday fair; a rich mixture of contributions to Feedback, and Mike Willis’ extensive survey of machine changes during the last quarter.
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.