VIDEO: Sunshine sparks huge turnout at Belper Spring Fair

Organisers of Belper’s spectacular Spring Fair basked in the benefits of improved weather throughout the weekend as up to 1,000 thrill-seekers turned out to enjoy the rides and soak up the atmosphere.

Sunshine on the Saturday of the event produced a particularly good turnout, with many having a go on the new Paratrooper ride.

Belper spring fair.

Belper spring fair.

And organisers, who had been affected by cancellations throughout the country due to wintry weather, were glad to welcome young and old to The Coppice.

Organiser Neil Calladine said: “It’s building up into a really good event now. This is the biggest Spring Fair we have held. I think we used up every inch of free space at The Coppice.

“I think it helped that after the bad weather many people were ready for going out. We were very lucky really. There was a dusting of snow at last year’s fair but thankfully the conditions were really good this year.

“Plenty of people had a go on the Paratrooper, which shoots up in the air and goes very fast.”

Other rides included the dodgems, waltzers, Jump and Smile, children’s rollercoaster and Cyclone Twist.

Prices were fixed at £1 per person on all the rides, thanks again to the co-operation of Belper Town Council.

The fair was revived in 2011 following a 12-year absence in the town.