Sidney Howell was born in 1943 and lived for the majority of his life
with his wife and children in the Staffordshire brewing town of
After taking early retirement in 1993
from a successful career as a finance manager with British Rail, he
embarked on writing this extraordinary tribute to the many artistic
talents of both his father Sid Howell and grandfather Albert Howell.
Until his untimely death in January
2001, Alan spent several years with the help of friends, family and
craftsmen from the Orton & Spooner era, compiling the life history
of this father and son team, who were widely regarded as two of the
most respected fairground artists of their generation.