Interview: PJ Sedgwick’s Blackpool pier tales

It’s seven years since the Sedgwick family became the sole owner of Blackpool’s three amusement piers, after operating rides and attractions on them since the mid-1990s. PJ Sedgwick speaks to World’s Fair about the highs and lows that followed. When Peter Sedgwick Snr purchased North Pier …

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James Henry Holmes tells World’s Fair about his charity run

James Henry Holmes runs from Nottingham Goose Fair to Hull Fair to raise money for a worthy Showman’s charity. James Henry Holmes is no stranger to putting on his running shoes to raise funds for causes he believes in, but his latest adventure was truly …

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Gilbert Chadwick at 90: Gilbert talks to World’s Fair

World’s Fair catches up with Gilbert and Eileen Chadwick as the award-winning Showman approaches his 90th birthday. I arrive at the chalet the couple have shared in the Cheetham Hill district of Manchester for the last 32 years, armed with a long list of questions. …

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A Week in the Life of… James Stokes @ Winter Wonderland, Newcastle

Promoter James Stokes of J&R Stokes Leisure talks us through the week leading up to the return of Winter Wonderland Newcastle, which began last month and continues until Christmas Eve. Held on the North East city’s racecourse, it featured a large funfair, circus, ice rink, …

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Joby Carter on the end of an era for Carters Steam Fair

As Carters Steam Fair pulls into the yard for the final time, World’s Fair catches up with the man that makes it all tick. There was significant shock among Carter’s fan base when it was announced in April that the 2022 season would be the …

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A Week in the Life of… William Percival at Nottingham Goose Fair

Chairman of Notts & Derbys Section of The Showmen’s Guild, William Percival, has been involved in the organisation of Nottingham Goose Fair for many years, acting as a liaison between the Guild’s members and the City Council. He is also a steward at the famous …

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Jerome Remblance: Showman, businessman & singer

Well known for singing at Showmen’s weddings, in March this year Jerome Remblance lived out his dream of headlining a major music concert at a leading national venue. This article was originally published in the May 2022 issue of World’s Fair. The UK’s Showmen and …

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Richard Cadell interview: his plans for Sooty & owning Ghost Trains

Why funfairs will always be Richard Cadell’s first love . He might’ve made his name as the face of Sooty for over 20 years, but Richard Cadell also has a lifelong passion for funfairs. In this exclusive interview, he tells World’s Fair readers about his …

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A week in the life of… Terry Atha Jnr, Atha’s of Leeds

Here Terry Atha Jnr fills us in on the first leg of his route across three ‘Ridings’ – Hull Fair, where the family’s waltzer always comes into its own. Day one: Sunday, September 4 We were open since the Thursday prior in Sherburn in Elmet. …

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Owen Curry: Ireland’s new king of the seaside

Why swapping life on the road for the coast paid off for Owen Curry. Since he took over operations at the former Barry’s Amusements in Portrush this spring, Owen Curry has become Ireland’s largest operator of fairground attractions. Here he tells World’s Fair about relaunching …

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