Looking for slots of fun in Southport? Just say Silcock’s!

Silcock’s are synonymous with amusements in Southport, as well as Blackpool. Herbert Silcock Jnr tells World’s Fair about his career on the coast over six decades, and why being a Showman is better than being a dentist. Silcock’s links with Southport (Merseyside, but still fondly remembered …

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Paul Bibb’s feature film accepted for worldwide distribution

There is more good news for Showman Paul Bibb as his debut feature film My Only Relative has won another award and, importantly, been accepted for worldwide distribution. The latest award is Best Feature Film (low budget category) from the Hollywood Best Independent Film Awards. My …

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New eras for Robinsons as waltzer makes its debut

Momentous occasion for Robinsons as they debut new waltzer at 150th anniversary of Gawthorpe Maypole event. It may not have been the most prestigious event for the Robinson family to showcase their new waltzer, but it was certainly a historic fair, as they took delivery of …

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Perfect weather for Beaconsfield’s 755th Charter Fair

Beaconsfield benefits from hot, sunny weather at the start of a weekend heatwave, bringing people flocking to the Charter Fair. The weather was perfect for this year’s Beaconsfield Charter Fair, the 755th, on Friday 10 May, at the start of the weekend’s heatwave. This was …

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Back to normal for Boston May Fair

Featuring Showmen from across the UK as well as a sensory-friendly session, this Lincolnshire event continues to thrive. Last year Boston had its longest ever May Fair to celebrate the King’s Coronation with a ten-day stay. This year it was back to normal, with the …

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Robert Hooper: modelling in lockdown

Swingboats, chair-o-planes and a ghost train feature among the models from Robert Hooper. Robert Hooper is a relative newcomer to fairground modelling, having taken up the hobby during lockdown in 2020. His first model was Teddy Morley’s lorry (an Albion) and living wagon from the …

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Back to basics with ADIPS: Inflatable management

ADIPS offers annual inspections of your inflatable devices to meet the needs of Fairgrounds and amusement parks: Guidance on safe practice – HSE 175. An annual inspection is required as you know to comply with the guidance. This month I give a brief synopsis of …

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When the Russells met the King…

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to meet King Charles III, so Showmen Tommy and Bailey Russell were surprised when they were told His Majesty wanted to meet them. It was early December and the Christmas market was well under way at Ealing …

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Showmen’s International presentations and dances

Following the Showmen’s International football matches (Under 12s and main match) in Glasgow in March, a dinner and presentations took place at Arta restaurant in the city. A kids dance was also held before the adults took over the dance floor to bring the day’s …

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Anthony Harris appointed Mayor of Walsall

An “exceptional time” for Anthony Harris as he is made Mayor of Walsall amid praise for his belief in tradition, respect and integrity. Showman Cllr Anthony Harris was appointed Mayor of Walsall for 2024/25 in a Mayor Making ceremony held in the Council Chamber on …

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