Barnstaple Charter Fair
by Martin Burridge
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ISBN Number: 9780993359613     
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 186
Publication Date: 2016
Publisher: Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Martin Burridge developed a fascination with Barnstaple Fair when his mother took him and his siblings to the fair before he started school.

That childhood fascination developed into a serious involvement and study of the fairground business. For almost 40 years, Martin has been the Devon correspondent for the  World’s Fair, the weekly journal of the travelling fairground business. He is a friend to many of the showmen that visit Barnstaple in September, and is an honorary member of the Showmens’ Guild of Great Britain, the trade association which represents the majority of those involved in running fairgrounds.

Barnstaple Fair is the largest fair in Devon and attracts the latest white knuckle rides from across the country as well as all the family favourites, Dodgems, Waltzers and Golden Gallopers.

The book traces the history of the fair and introduces readers to some of the more colourful characters, the presenters and performers of the old time shows that have enlivened it.

Illustrated with colour and black & white photographs throughout.

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