The June edition of The Fairground Mercury, the quarterly journal of the Fairground Association of Great Britain, has been posted to all its members. This new edition contains a full round-up of machine ownership changes over the last quarter, a list that includes over 80 major attractions. Also in this issue: members pay tribute to that wizard of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, with glorious full-colour photos of some of the fairground rides his music influenced; David Wragg details the history of Winter Wonderland’s star ride, the Olympia Looping; Dave Springthorpe recalls some of the lost Feasts of his home county; Mick Archer writes a first-hand account of the last days of steam on the Pat Collins circuit, while Doug Roseaman reveals more of the modelmaking correspondence between Philip Bradley and Vic King, both sadly no longer with us. Plus many more things! .
The Fairground Mercury is sent free to all FAGB members four times a year. To obtain a copy of this and the next three issues send a subscription of £15 (OAPs and under 16s, £12) to Lynn Calladine, FAGB Membership Secretary, 29 Mill Street, Belper, Derbys DE56 1DT. Please note that there is a surcharge of £5 on all overseas subscriptions to cover air mail costs. Please make payment to FAGB and enclose as SAE for the despatch of your membership card. All new members will be sent a complimentary copy of the FAGB’s booklet marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the legendary showman Pat Collins.
The annual general meeting of the Fairground Association will be held on Sunday 11 June at the Rothwell Arts & Heritage Centre, 14-16 Bridge Street, Rothwell, Northamptonshire, commencing at 12.30pm. The Centre is about 100 yards from Tresham Hall where the Rowell Fair Model Show will be taking place that day.