The March edition of The Fairground Mercury has now been published. A picture of Horne’s Hard Rock Waltzer, taken on a cloudless day at the Kirkcaldy Links Market in 2000, adorns the front cover. It is a reminder of the early-season fairs we shall be missing yet again this year due to the current restrictions.
This issue includes: tributes to the late Gerry Cottle and pictures of his brief excursion into the world of the fairground; David Springthorpe recalls his first visits to fairs in Leicester in the 1960s (complete with the photos he took then); and Roger Mills charts the history of the Cole family from working on the farm in 19th century Gloucestershire to running a whole string of fairs in the south-west of England.
Roger also contributes the second instalment of his documentation of steam engines used by Sussex showmen, in this case the well-known Harris family. Stephen Smith responds to an article in the previous edition with a biography of the long-forgotten East Midlands showman John Barlow, while Brian Collins extends his fascinating memoirs of the amusement park he pioneered at Alton Towers. As usual there is Mike Willis’ round up of recent machine changes, and Doug Roseaman passes on quite a few tips to modelmakers. Plus lots of other items!
The Fairground Mercury is the quarterly journal of the Fairground Association of Great Britain and is sent free to all members. To obtain a copy of this and the next three editions send a subscription of £15 (OAPs and under 16s, £12) to: Lynn Calladine, FAGB Membership Secretary, 29 Mill Street, Belper, Derbys DE56 1DT. Please make payment to The Fairground Association of Great Britain and enclose a small SAE for the despatch of your membership card. Overseas applicants should add £5 to their payment to cover air mail costs.
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All new members will also be sent a free copy of the FAGB’s booklet marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the legendary showman Pat Collins.
If you can’t go to Hull Fair this year you can relive some of its excitement by visiting Humber Museums website. Earlier this year they had planned to hold an exhibition of images and memories of the fair at Hull Museum, but lockdown got in the way. If anything, the website is a more than adequate alternative to a trip round the museum – and you can watch it as many times as you like!
Published Dec 2020 by Admin