Showmen honour late Queen at fairs

Showmen respond with respect as the Queen’s death is announced, with fairs immediately closing, before the back-end gets into full swing with Nottingham and Hull. September was a very strange month. On Monday 5 September the Conservative Party elects its new leader, Liz Truss. The …

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Music offers a lifeline for the funfair industry

Business at music festivals is buoyant, providing many Showmen and women with a vital summer season. The summer of 2021 saw the fairground business slowly getting back into its stride. It dealt with the welcome surprise of many customers attending fairs, whilst dealing with the …

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Back to basics with ADIPS – Working at Height

ADIPS General Manager Carl Hagemann explains the law on Working at Height and what you need to consider to reduce the risk of accidents. For some of us we may remember the Harold Lloyd silent film called ‘Safety Last’, where he hangs precariously from a …

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David Taylor: The Showman who painted the world brown & yellow

In an exclusive interview for World’s Fair, North West Showman David Taylor discusses building up a run in Cumbria, his worldwide travels, some of his hit and miss machines, and how the business still gives him a buzz. Family Though the family trades today as …

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A week in the life of… John Henry Murphy, Murphy’s Funfairs

Murphy’s Funfairs have been presenting the amusements at Hartlepool’s Headland Carnival for much of the event’s 99 year run. Here John Henry Murphy, the fifth generation of the family to run the carnival fair, talks us through his activities last month. Day one: Monday, August …

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Villa’s Vinnie Hayward gets selection call-up for England U15s

Aspiring footballer Vinnie Hayward took the next step in his journey towards a professional career when he was called up to selection camp for the England Men’s U15 team. Back in the February issue of World’s Fair, we reported on 14-year-old Vinnie Hayward, who plays …

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Giving back to the community: Nipper Appleton

The King’s Lynn Mart outing for disadvantaged children has become an annual fixture in the town, but the man in the centre of it, Nipper Appleton, is involved in much more for the people of the town and beyond. The Showmen at King’s Lynn Mart …

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Back to basics with ADIPS – Risk Assessment

ADIPS General Manager Carl Hagemann breaks down the risk assessment process and shows it’s just a matter of simple steps. Did you choose which type of shoes to wear this morning based on what you were to do today? Boots? Flat soles? Wellies or heels? …

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Scotland retain cup in first Showmen’s International in two years

If there’s one thing you can guarantee about the Showmen’s International, it’s that it will be a hard-fought game. Both sides want to win – and both sides fully commit with a passion that can sometimes boil over. There’s a huge pride in winning the …

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Boxing Gold for Showland’s Sam Hickey

Sam Hickey achieved glory at this year’s Commonwealth Games when he took middleweight gold for Scotland. World’s Fair caught up with him recently to find out his hopes for the future. Twenty two year-old Scottish boxer Sam Hickey caught the eye of a number of …

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