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September 2018 Mercury Vol 41 issue 2

The September Edition of the Fairground Mercury

The September edition of The Fairground Mercury is now available.

To mark the 50th Great Dorset Steam Fair this 40-page, full-colour issue contains a pictorial survey of some of the fairground amusements that have attended the Great Dorset Steam Fair since 1969.

Fairs in Dorset form part of acclaimed fairground historian Frances Brown’s account of summer holidays in the early 1950s spent travelling with her uncle and aunt, Joe and Rosie Coneley. Her memories of those halcyon days lead on to a discussion about the various Arks that travelled that part of the country.

Roger Mills writes about the fairs held in the neighbouring Cotswold towns of Tetbury and Malmesbury, and a set of recently discovered photographs offer a rare glimpse of Warwick Mop in the 1920s.

Pictures of a more recent vintage celebrate the 150th anniversary of Blackpool’s Central Pier while Mike Willis records all the recent machine changes in his regular Roundabouts column. And there’s plenty more…

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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