This collection of
over 200 photographs captures the atmosphere, fun and history of
Houghton-le-Spring’s ancient annual festival – Houghton Feast.
The pictures in the book chronicle the many changes that the Feast
has undergone over the years; from the steam powered fairgrounds
of the 1800s to the modern day thrill rides. Remembering the
nostalgia of the Lake fairground will bring back the happy
memories of years gone by whilst the younger reader will be
fascinated by the history revealed. Read the witty story of the
comical showman, Billy Purvis, and his visit to Houghton Feast in
1825 and read of the misfortune Peter Mackenzie experienced on his
one and only visit to the Feast in 1848. The book also contains
many wonderful and warm memories from the people who have visited
the Feast. It is a tribute to the people of Houghton for making
Houghton Feast the unique community event that it is.