The start of the backend run of fairs for Arthur Silcock began with his annual event at Market Place in the centre of Hindley.
This venue is in a very prominent position adjacent to three major routes and a large Tesco Extra store, and has the potential to attract visitors who might not know the fair is in town.
Hindley Fun Fair is the second regular funfair of the year in the Wigan town. Promotion included a large colourful roadside banner, along with smaller boards and shop posters around the district.
Hindley Fun Fair attractions
Plenty was on offer on this tidy and compact ground, with eight major attractions giving families the chance to savour white knuckle rides along with more family orientated machines.
Making its first appearance here at Hindley was Clayton Hackett’s Top Spin, one of only two travelling the UK fairgrounds at the moment.
This was joined by Macauley Hart’s Wild Thing tagada, which was another fresh attraction.
Regular attendees included:
- Arthur Silcock’s Sizzler Twist and Miami Trip Miami
- Nathan Jones’ Meteorite Round-Up
- William Bradley’s Blizzard Super Bob
- Aaron Holland’s ghost train and fun house.
Amongst the fine array of juvenile rides on display were two roller coasters comprising David James Hackett’s Crazy Chase and the Snowman-themed coaster from Aaron Holland.
Others bringing along their supporting attractions included:
- Asa Holland
- James Hackett
- George Arthur Ryan
- Richard Hamer
- Nicholas Hill Snr
- Janie Ryan
- Eva Gore
- D&L Catering
- Arthur Silcock.
The fair opened on Thursday 6 October for an 11-day run, and when we visited just after the 1pm opening on the first Sunday, the weather was sunny and there were a good number of families in attendance. Tenant Nicholas Hill told us that opening night had been steady, with the Friday and Saturday much busier. It was hoped the trend would continue all week, with hopefully some decent weather to tempt people to visit.
After Hindley, the majority of the tenants were making the short journey to Wigan for Silcock’s other traditional annual backend fair at Wigan Athletic’s DW Stadium, from 20 to 30 October.