New ground at Walkden for North West Fun Fairs
North West Funfairs have been successful in presenting several brand new fairs this season, the first two being at the new Salford City Rugby Club Stadium (to celebrate the opening) and a new Valentine’s Fair at Prescott near Liverpool, A third new event took place at Walkden and a fourth new ground was lined up for Belle Vue on the site of the famous amusement park.
The fair at Walkden took place on the Ellesmere Retail Park on Bolton Road not far from the town centre and ran from Wednesday 22 – Monday February 27. It is almost eight years since a fair last took place in the town.
As at most North West Funfairs events, there are special promotions to entice the public and here it was to buy any five ride tickets for £10 and receive three tickets free. The price of single tickets was £2 each and these could be purchased from the on-site ticket box office.
There was an excellent and varied selection of major rides and supporting attract ions on the ground and from the lessee caine their Miami, Supreme Waltzer, Christer Twist, Skyrider Paratrooper, mini Ski Jump, mini jets, mini Paratrooper, Camelot bouncy castle, inflatable slide and catering kiosk.
Alongside these were William Roberts’ Megabounce Jump n Smile which proved to be a popular ride, and Music Tagada; David Hackett Jnr’s Ski Jump; David Hackett’s Acrobat and bi-planes juvenile; James Holland’s Crazy Cage Meteorite; Laurence Hill’s Superheroes Fun House; Craig Harrison’s Ghost Train; Robert Hill’s Spiderman bungee trampolines; Whitney Hill’s toy train; Michael James Hill’s teacups, toy set and cranes; Dean Hill’s mini Waltzer and hook a duck round stall and Michael Hill’s ring over bottles arid hook a duck stalls.
At the entrance to the fair stood the firm’s new A framed promotional trailer. This also has space for an advertisement board for advertising either the present fair or a forthcoming event.
Henry Hill told World’s Fair that the event had been very successful and they had been very happy with the amount of publicity the fair had received. He explained that the catchment area around Walkden had been a factor in its success, along with the fact that nearby Farnworth no longer had a travelling fair visiting the town, which may have helped bring in visitors from that area who missed their fair.