The October edition of World’s Fair magazine will carry tributes from Showmen to Queen Elizabeth II as a permanent record of the community’s affection and respect for her. If you would like the chance for your personal tribute or recollection to be included, please post your tribute in the comments section below or WhatsApp your message (with photo if you wish) to 07468 580788. Thank you.
“It is with great sadness that we have lost our most iconic Queen. Having met her on two occasions, as President of the Showmen’s Guild … I can confirm she made any meeting with her a joy of a conversation.– Cllr Anthony Harris
“Her knowledge of travelling Showmen’s culture and lifestyle was considerable and she was mindful that we must treasure our heritage. There is no commendation better than that!
“She has been a Queen for the people of the world and her contribution has made it a better place and all of us better people. May she rest in peace.”
John Culine MBE says of the Queen: “She knew the Guild and what we do. Most people don’t know who we are. She did.”
Meeting the Queen when she opened Elsecar Heritage Centre in Yorkshire, he started to inform her who The Showmen’s Guild were. John says: “She immediately held her hand up and stopped me, saying with a lovely smile: ‘I know who the Showmen’s Guild are and what they do’.
“I’ll never forget that lovely smile.
“God Bless Her Majesty The Queen, RIP. We will all miss you but your legacy will go on with our members.”– John C Culine MBE
Please leave any tribute you would like to make (it doesn’t have to involve meeting her) in the comments section below.