The December edition of The Fairground Mercury is now available. Sent free to all members of the Fairground Association of Great Britain, this latest edition has been enlarged to 40 pages to mark the 40th anniversary of the FAGB in January.
The main feature is an article by Mike Hanna which documents the history of Rose’s Pleasure Parks – the funfair operated by brothers Johnny and Freddie Rose for over four decades from the 1940s. The article is illustrated with 26 photographs, most of them taken by that doyen of fairground enthusiasts, the late Philip Bradley.
Also in this issue: Roger Mills recalls that very special firm, Robert Edwards & Sons of Swindon who ceased travelling 25 years ago, his article containing some classic colour shots from the 1950s and 1960s; showman Brian Collins writes about his pioneering venture at Alton Towers; a long-forgotten vintage amusement park in Wales is remembered; while Alan Ingram recounts his earliest fairground outings over 30 years ago. As usual Mike Willis documents all the machine changes that have occurred since the September issue of the Mercury, and Doug Roseaman offers his customary tips to fairground model-makers.
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.