All the Fun: Blackburn Easter Fair 1960
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Release Date: 2005
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Blackburn Archive Films

Nostalgia reigns supreme as this film brings back memories of one of the last fairs to be held at the old Market Ground in Blackburn Town Centre. The year was 1960, and the fair's days on that unique site were numbered. Blackburn Arts Club decided that it should be recorded for posterity. There is an underlying boy-meets-girl theme, interwoven with meeting real-life fair folk like Mrs Prudie Shaw, who shows us around her superb Brayshaw living wagon.

The film opens with the Town Council resolution to permit the fair, and continues through the planning stages and marking out of the Market Square, the pull-on and building up. It records the official mayoral inspection and follows our young couple through daytime and night time on the fair. It also shows the final stages of pull-down and departure. There is coverage of the Pot Fair which always accompanied the main fair.

Three bonus items of short clips and a photo gallery of 38 superb images of the fair from 1921 onward, complete the DVD.



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