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March 2018 Mercury Vol 41 issue 1

The March Edition of the Fairground Mercury

The June edition of The Fairground Mercury, which has just been published, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Thurston family’s fairground history. David Springthorpe, who has known the various branches of the Thurston family for almost 60 years now, recalls in words and pictures his many encounters with this celebrated fairground dynasty.

Also celebrated in this issue is the late Harry Wigfield, who died earlier this year aged 95. From the late 1960s onwards Harry organised a series of steam fairs as well as restoring a succession of vintage rides that had disappeared from public view. Perhaps the most famous of these was the Coronation Speedway, originally owned by the London showman Harry Gray. The tribute to him features colour shots of all the rides he owned as well as some of the fairs he ran.

This edition also includes Alan Ingram’s memories of the pull-on at Kirkcaldy in 1987, Mike Willis’s round-up of all the recent machine changes, Doug Roseaman’s comments on the ride designs of the late 1970s, and many other items.

Like the two previous editions this issue has been expanded to 40 pages to mark the Association’s 40th anniversary this year.

The Fairground Mercury is sent free four times a year to all members of the Fairground Association of Great Britain. To obtain a copy of this and the next three editions please send a subscription of only £15 (OAPs and under 16s, £12) to: Lynn Calladine, FAGB Membership Secretary, 29 Mill Street, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1DT. Please make payment to FAGB and include a small SAE for the despatch of your membership card. You can also pay by PayPal.

All new members will be sent a free copy of the FAGB’s booklet to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the legendary showman Pat Collins, and will also qualify to receive later this year a special book being produced to mark the Association’s 40th anniversary.


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