Houghton Feast: The Ancient Festival of Houghton-le-Spring
Paul Lanagan
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ISBN Number: 0 9543253 0 3
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4 October 2002
P Lanagan

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.

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