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Wigan Fair

on Tue 21 Feb - 10:31




The black peas tent candy floss and rolling pennies. Carrying home that goldfish that dad won. What are your memories?
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on Tue 21 Feb - 11:45
The swinging boats, or Shamrock as we called them the noise of the gennies and the smell of diesel. You could see the swinging boats as you walked down Greenough Street on the Market Square. I remember the big lads/bikers with their leather jackets, blue jeans and pointed toed boots walking around like they owned the place then they would lean on the rails of the speedway eyeing up the girls. The sweet smell of the toffee apples and candy floss then the black pea tent with those pot cups, did they ever wash them after folk had finished? Very Happy
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on Tue 21 Feb - 12:07
Probably not Joseph. But we came to no harm. I remember getting a bird on the end of a bit of string which you twirled round your head. I seem to remember a monkey as well. monkey
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on Tue 21 Feb - 14:01
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on Tue 21 Feb - 14:50
"John Silcock's grandfather Edward, the choice to become a showman came about as a way of avoiding a life down the mines.
Edward, along with his four brothers, operated a games stall in Wigan in the early 1900s. They then branched out with a set of swings, a barrel organ, a children's ride and a carousel which they took all over Lancashire.
"My family were coal miners," says John Silcock, the present owner of JE Silcock Amusements.{2012} "My great grandfather died from lung cancer and my grandfather was 16 and he decided he wasn't going to go down there (the pits)."
Mr Silcock gained his own experience of the fairs while still at boarding school - his parents travelled with the fairs on a weekly basis and he spent his weekends working with them"

British Showmen:All the fun of the fair

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on Tue 21 Feb - 15:11
I remember same as you Mrs A...the black peas tent, sitting on a bench with a mug full of delicious peas for threepence and the rides and candy floss. Whenever they came our boss at Frank Kings, used to tell us to take newspaper to sit on if we went to the public toilets. I always got the impression that the lads working there were completely free of restraints from social niceties and I envied them. They seemed to do as they pleased, whenever they pleased. Great memories.
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on Tue 21 Feb - 21:56
It always amazed me as a kid how quickly they assembled/disassembled their rides and equipment.
I can remember hearing the rumble of the rides, and people screaming because they were enjoying themselves.
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on Tue 21 Feb - 22:47
Silcocks used to do an annual fair on the “Black Patch” in Anderton St Higher Ince.

I have no idea how they got so many rides and stalls into such a tiny piece of land.

It was exciting as a kid, the noise, the people, the lights and music.

I’d be bloody annoyed if it happened today!!!!!!!!!!! Bah humbug.
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on Wed 22 Feb - 13:18
Great fun. Toffee apples were my fav. Some of them fellas on the rides looked tough buggers.
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on Wed 22 Feb - 13:27
Nosam Derf

I noticed you mentioned. Frank King in your earlier posting, did you know Lawrence King.
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on Wed 22 Feb - 14:20
Sir Bob,

Yes, I worked with Lawrence and his father at Frank Kings in 1962/3.

There were some good people there at that time. Ronny Hurst, 'Little' Billy, John was the supervisor who married a lovely little lass. A couple of lovely ladies from Platt Bridge also. Lawrence used to put pigs eyeball into our cups of tea when weren't watching and when we got to the bottom of the cup, there it was...'Keeping an eye on us'

I learned how to make sausages there too.
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on Wed 22 Feb - 14:28
Was there a Caterpillar on the Wigan Fair? I seem to remember there was.
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on Wed 22 Feb - 14:29
Yes there was broady. Many a kiss has been stolen under that green canvas:D
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on Wed 22 Feb - 18:12
Who remembers the coconut shy?

http://www.silcock-leisure.co.uk/history1.htm
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on Wed 22 Feb - 18:21
I recognise Corkers...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked
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on Wed 22 Feb - 19:16
@Nosam Derf wrote:Sir Bob,

Yes, I worked with Lawrence and his father at Frank Kings in 1962/3.

There were some good people there at that time. Ronny Hurst, 'Little' Billy, John was the supervisor who married a lovely little lass. A couple of lovely ladies from Platt Bridge also. Lawrence used to put pigs eyeball into our cups of tea when weren't watching and when we got to the bottom of the cup, there it was...'Keeping an eye on us'

I learned how to make sausages there too.
Ronnie Hurst,,,, did he go working for Taylors the bacon people.
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on Wed 22 Feb - 19:48
Not sure about that Sir Bob, as I emigrated to Canada. He did move to Greens and then he bought his own butchers shop. He now lives in Beech Hill. I must get in touch again soon. cheers
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on Tue 28 Feb - 15:49
Was the pot fair on at the same time? Them men who sold pots could sell snow to Eskimos.
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on Wed 1 Mar - 16:01
Was there one of these. I vaguely remember there being one in Blackpool fun house but I feel sure there was one on Wigan Fair. Anyone know?

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Re: Wigan Fair

on Wed 1 Mar - 17:47
I don't remember one. Maybe a smaller one called a "Piewalk" Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

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on Tue 11 Jul - 14:32
Harry Walder print

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on Tue 11 Jul - 20:49
This might interest someone. As you know I was married before motormouse, and my eldest Daughter is from that marriage. When I started Geneology I had to work on my Daughters side as well, and I found that she was a Direct Decendant of this chap, Look for the name. James Dean.


https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfca/researchandarticles/historyshowmensguild
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on Tue 11 Jul - 20:54
I had never heard of him before, but found his whole history extremely interesting.

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on Tue 11 Jul - 23:20
He once lent his coat to a jester who sang for a king and queen. Apparently! Rolling Eyes
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Re: Wigan Fair

on Wed 12 Jul - 17:32
@tonker wrote:He once lent his coat to a jester who sang for a king and queen.  Apparently!   Rolling Eyes

Yes. Oh, and while the King was looking down the jester stole his thorny crown.

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