fascinating journey through the history, lives and stories of
travelling fair folk. Additionally the book is well illustrated with
photos of fairground rides, amusements stalls and many of the unique
and ingenious vehicles used by travelling fairground operators.
Award winning DJ Reg Chandler decided
to take the challenge of writing a book about a unique subject that
has only been lightly touched within the publication world, and
having already written a 8,000 word thesis many years ago about
fairground life, for a diploma in project management, it has proved
an interesting journey that has involved 18 months of research in
order to add a further 20,000 words and re-visit the original
Having worked on a school friend’s
family funfair during the holidays and weekends as a teenager, Reg
has a great insight into the wonderful world of the travelling fair.
Nevertheless, to put an adequate book together as a project required
commitment, dedication, attention to detail and assistance from the
Advice and information has been
generously provided by 44 individuals, 15 amusement related
companies and organisations, and Reg also managed to converse with
over 23 amusement providers and met up with two serving mayors,
during his travels.
Reg and his team visited 19
funfairs around the UK, travelling 4,000 miles and participated in
many fairground rides; they also consumed countless hot dogs and
burgers between them and won 12 extra large cuddly toys and 4
Over a hundred cherished
photographs of yesteryear have been kindly contributed by respected
fairground photographers and enthusiasts, along with priceless
illustrations and memoirs from the National Fairground Archive at
The famous Stanley Thurston & Sons
Ltd Funfair also features in the book, with their outstanding
amusements and king of the road transport, spanning over 60 years.
The idea of the book is to provide
information about how a fair operates and highlights 700 years or
more of great British history. Other topics within the book include
fairground artwork, UK famous fairs, fairground transport, popular
rides, fairground history, sideshows and catering, steam rallies,
fairground life and all that is 'All the fun of the fair'.