Return of spring fair is a success

Belper spring fair. dodgems

Belper spring fair. dodgems

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belper folk enjoyed themselves when the town’s spring fair made a triumphant return after a 12-year absence.

Hundreds of revellers went along to have a go on the rides and attractions at the fair on the Coppice car park off Belper’s Market Place.

Belper spring fair. dodgems

Belper spring fair. dodgems

And now, organisers have hailed it a resounding success.

So much so that they are already looking forward to bringing it back next year.

Neil Calladine, a Belper-based fairground historian, said: “I have been asked by organiser John Proctor to say thank you to everyone who came along and supported Belper’s revived spring fair.

“The event was a great success with lots of people attending every night.

Belper spring fair. Maddie amnd george Cooke and Joseph Darwin.

Belper spring fair. Maddie amnd george Cooke and Joseph Darwin.

“Hopefully the fair will be able to return bigger and better than ever next year!

“Also, thanks to Belper Town Council for their support in enabling ride prices to be kept to a minimum. This was, without doubt, a major factor in the success of the event. We were very happy with how it went.”

Among the rides and attractions at the fair, which was ran by Proctors (Nottingham) Fun Fairs, were a ghost train, dodgems, the giant ‘Mad House’ fun house, the ‘Jump and Smile’, waltzer, the Twist, and the Meteorite, as well as a bouncy castle and a giant slide.

Neil said: “The old-fashioned favourites of the dodgems and the waltzer were very popular. They are always family favourites.. But all the rides did very well and were very popular.

Belper spring fair. Sophie Pattipierre

Belper spring fair. Sophie Pattipierre

“The children’s rollercoaster was popular as well. It was the first time that type of ride has been in Belper and the children liked it.”

The spring fair in Belper can be traced all the way back to 1824, but, according to Neil, it has not been seen in the town since 1999. He added: “The spring fair is another tradition in the town that has lapsed.”

Belper spring fair. Kelly and Alicia palmer

Belper spring fair. Kelly and Alicia palmer