Fun at the FairJune 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Fun and Games | Leave a comment
Tags: Carter's Steam Fair, Five Have a Wonderful Time, Paradise Gardens, Victoria Park
Carter’s Steam Fair is in town! In short, it is an amazing traditional fun fair, complete with dodgems, swing boats, gallopers, and retro amusements which only take old money. It’s just like the type fair the Five would go to, although unlike Faynights in Five Have a Wonderful Time, in that there are no pythons, fire-eaters or dodgy criminal types.
We went last night (the fair is part of Victoria Park’s ‘Paradise Gardens’ weekend) and had a thoroughly super time. I got to ride on a black galloper called Stan, ate candy floss and had my fortune told by Old Betsy (she looks like she puts lithium in her tea – or at least she would if she wasn’t an automaton). There’s also a coconut shy, dive bomber, utterly terrifying ‘steam yachts’, and the obligatory hook-a-duck stall, as well as a beautifully restored 1954 Morris ice cream van where the Five could conceivably buy ices for themselves and Timmy (although as we are often told, Timmy doesn’t really savour his ice cream – he just wolfs it down in one go).