The Reeves family and Albert Holland Snr were presented with awards in recognition of their showmanship at two major back-end fairs this autumn, courtesy of the Fairground Association of Great Britain (FAGB).
Reeves Leisure’s presentation of two attractions in particular earned it the Hull Fair Award for exceptional showmanship in October. Both Ice Jet and the Void were making their Hull Fair debuts in 2021, the latter having appeared at Nottingham Goose Fair in previous years.
The uniquely-themed Matterhorn and Orbiter captivated riders and enthusiasts alike for the duration of the 10-day fair, with Void featuring numerous decorative touches custom designed by the Reeves family, who plan to make further improvements in the near future.
There to collect the Hull Fair Award from David Wallis Snr was Terrance Reeves and partner Beth Rawlins on behalf of Reeves Leisure. The trophy was created by the FAGB in memory of its former vice-chairman, the late Mick Claffey.
Designed by Ian Cant, it was kindly supported by both David Wallis Snr and Jnr. The award was first presented in 2019 to Billy Crow & Son.
The following month, Albert Holland Snr finally picked up the Ronnie Taylor Award at Loughborough Fair. Chosen for the trophy, which recognises outstanding showmanship, during a meeting at the 2019 event, he has been unable to receive it until now due to the pandemic.
FAGB committee members who voted for the Ronnie Taylor Award noted that Albert has always been a good friend to fairground enthusiasts, and no doubt he treats his customers the same. On that basis he shows very good business sense – and good showmanship.