the Belper Spring Fair makes a triumphant return to the town today – and families and thrillseekers are in for a treat.
For the fair will feature a host of rides and attractions that have not been seen previously in Belper – including a children’s rollercoaster.
The spring fair in the town can be traced all the way back to 1824 but, according to Belper-based fairground historian Neil Calladine, it hasn’t been seen in the town since 1999.
He said: “The Spring Fair is another tradition in the town that has lapsed.”
But now it is back, and to mark the occasion Belper Town Council, in partnership with Proctors (Nottingham) Fun Fairs, have negotiated a one-off reduced ride price.
Speaking on behalf of Proctors, fair organiser John Proctor said: “We are aware that we live in a difficult economic climate and are, therefore, very pleased to have been able to work in co-operation with Belper Town Council to be able to offer a one-off reduced price for the duration of the fair in order that all the family can come along and enjoy themselves.”
All rides, except the dodgems, will cost £1 per person. The dodgems will be £2 per car.
Among the rides and attractions will be a bouncy castle and giant slide, ghost train, the giant ‘Mad House’ fun house, the ‘Jump and Smile’, dodgems, waltzer, and the Twist and Meteorite, which is a round cage that lifts riders high into the air.
There will also be the traditional selection of fairground food.
Unfortunately, a spectacular ride known as the Skymaster will not be at the fair.
The twin-armed giant boat, which takes the riders through 360 degrees, was due to be a star attraction at the fair.
But the vehicle transporting it up from London broke down on the way and it will now not appear.
The fair will be held on the Coppice car park from tomorrow, Thursday, March 31, until Saturday, April 2. It will open at 6pm tomorrow and Friday and at 2pm on Saturday.
The Coppice car park will be closed until Sunday, April 2, to accommodate the fair.
An alternative free car park is available at the bottom of Derwent Street, Belper.
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