World’s Fair reviews three fairs in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire, including Earl Shilton Wakes Fair.
It was a case of satisfactory business at three mid-October fairs in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire.
The Riverside car park at St Neots (Cambridgeshire) provided the venue for James W Harris’s presentation. Situated between a main route into town, the River Great Ouse and a short walk over the bridge from the town centre, it is a prominent site.
James and his tenants said that after a quiet start on the Thursday evening business picked up noticeably for the remainder of the four day stay (October 14 to 17). At the town end, John Woodward’s Gold Mine Runaway Train had a very authentic wild west appearance as John keeps adding more detail each time we see it.
Over the same dates as St Neots, but slightly smaller than usual, Earl Shilton Wakes Fair (Leicestershire) was built at the top of the Wood Street Community Park due to the soft condition of the ground. John Barker told us that business had got off to a decent start. A newcomer was Ashley Rogers’ Midnight Express Matterhorn.
Larry Gray & Sons returned to the John Eve recreation ground at Market Deeping (Lincolnshire) from October 13 to 17. Oliver Gilbey’s Bounce Jump & Smile was a popular newcomer and Jonathan Scarrott’s High Flyer provided the ideal beacon for the fair at the Tesco end. Saturday saw families out enjoying the fair while Joel Bunn’s Tagada drew the teenagers to the far end of the park.
Main rides and attractions – St Neots
James W Harris’ Dodgems, Waltzer, Joker Miami and Crooked Cottage
Spencer Smart’s Orbiter and Crazy Jungle Fun House
John Woodward Snr’s Gold Mine Runaway Train
H Harris’ The Zoo Maze
Main rides and attractions – Earl Shilton
Jonathan Barker’s Hot Wheels Dodgems and Extreme Jump & Smile
Ashley Rogers’ Midnight Express Matterhorn
Jordan Cotton’s Ice Kingdom Mirror Maze
Main rides and attractions – Market Deeping
Larry Gray Jnr’s Waltzer
Sheldon Gray’s Twist
Darren Boxall’s The Cage Meteorite
Jonathan Scarrott’s High Flyer (Star Flyer)
Joel Bunn’s Tagada
Oliver Gilbey’s Bounce Jumper and Aqua Labyrinth Maze
John Fowkes’ Ghost Train
Larry Jnr & Natalie Rose Gray’s Circus Madness Fun House
James Gilbey’s Crooked Cottage
Main photo: Joel Bunn’s Tagada at Market Deeping