|This is the 2010
version of the Guide, not the
doubt the artefacts assembled by the Fairground Heritage Trust
represents the single most important collection of historic
fairground items in this country.
It portrays a period when gilded
carved work and artistic competence saw the production of some of
the most lavish shows and roundabouts ever seen.
It also represents the heritage of
a group of people who are often neglected amongst the itinerant
population of Britain: the travelling showmen are an identified
social group who are extremely proud of their past but often not in
a position to be able to preserve it.
Since its inception in 1986 the
Trust has endured a challenging history itself, but a rescue package
successfully brought the collection a new home in Devon. The opening
of the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre in 2007 was the result of
many years of hard work, and an unswerving belief in the cause.
Fine - as new.