Miniature fair show astounds crowds

Exhibition organiser, Neil Calladine checks out Dave Homer's hand made Speedway ride
Exhibition organiser, Neil Calladine checks out Dave Homer's hand made Speedway ride

The history and fun of the fairground was celebrated in Belper on Saturday when an exhibition of miniature rides was shown at community venue, No. 28.

Organisers said hundreds of people of all ages attended throughout the day to look in wonder at the amazing, fully functional model versions of rides past and present.

The Disco Rider in full swing

The Disco Rider in full swing

The show was timed to coincide with the arrival of legendary travelling fair Proctors, who have been bringing their show to Belper for 120 years.

Pippa Mansell, who runs No. 28 with partner George Jones, said: “There was everything there from tea cups all the way through to the wall of death with little people whizzing around stuck to the side.

“The people who make them are so passionate and knowledgeable about the rides and everyone who came along really enjoyed it.”

The event is organised by local man Neil Calladine and he and John Proctor, grandson of the fair’s originator, John Albert Proctor, gave gifts at the end of the day to thank the enthusiasts for their hard work and dedication.

John Molden from Oxford with his Miami ride made out of Mechano.

John Molden from Oxford with his Miami ride made out of Mechano.

Organisers say the show now attracts exhibitors from as far away as Leeds and Oxford, and that the decision to move it to No. 28 three years ago highlights the value of having a venue such as this right on the Market Square.

Geoff Bolton brought his hand made and painted 1:76 (4mm) scale fun fair to the exhibition on Saturday from his Lincoln home.

Geoff Bolton brought his hand made and painted 1:76 (4mm) scale fun fair to the exhibition on Saturday from his Lincoln home.