Prescot Great Valentine’s Funfair
Following hot on the heels of their Family Funday presentation in support of the opening of Salford RedsRugby League Club’s new stadium, North West Funfairs presented a new Valentine’s fair in Prescot, Merseyside.
The location for this new venture was the Manchester Business Park, close to Prescot Station. Over previous years the firm has tried a number of locations for its Valentine’s fairs including Widnes, Oldham and Bolton, but this was the first time in Merseyside and the firm hope to try their luck in the area again in the future.
The fair opened on February 10 and was set to run until February 19, opening between lpm-lOpm daily. World’s Fair visited on the first Saturday when we were informed that the fair had enjoyed a good start with plenty of people coming and going, despite it being bitterly cold.
Standing proud at the entrance to the ground was Kurt Hill’s Scammell Explorer, on this occasion accompanied by the firm’s new A frame advertising trailer, which features the slogan ‘It’s All The Fun of the Fair as seen on TV’, painted in a traditional style using gold and red as the main colours, set on a black background. The slogan played on the role of the fairground industry in the recent Channel 5 documentary series Fairground Attraction.
Giving the fair some aerial presence was the Bomber Booster of Elliot Cubbins, which for the last few years was a regular at the Leeds Valentine’s Fair when in the previous ownership of C&SA Leisure.
Amongst the offers and promotions available was a children’s unlimited ride wristband which allowed children under the age of ten to ride 11 attractions for £9.99. Other offers included five tickets for £10, with three free tickets thrown in for the bargain. With the exception of the Bomber which was on two tickets, all the remaining attractions were one ticket each. Tickets could be purchased from the firm’s box office, which was situated just inside the gates of the ground.
North West Funfairs brought along their mobile One Big Weekend stage, which is a regular at their many events of this style and was set to play host to daily shows from Captain Custard and special guests Micky & Minnie Mouse.
Looking at the fair itself North West Funfairs brought along their Supreme Waltzer, Christers Twist, Miami and Skyrider lifting Paratrooper by way of machines and these were supported by rides that are not normally found open with the firm. These included the Music Tagada of William Roberts, the Ski Jump Coaster and Acrobat of David James Hackett, and James Holland’s Round Up. Supporting shows were Craig Harrison’s Ghost Train and Lawrence Hill’s Superheroes Fun House.
Children’s rides came from North West Funfairs with their mini Trooper, Lady Bugs, trad itional Swingboats, bouncy castle, inflatable slide and mini Ski Jump along with Robert Hill’s bungee trampolines; Witney Hill’s Safari train; Michael James Hill’s toy set and cups; and David James Hackett’s bi-planes.
Craig Harrison’s new and as yet undecorated hook a duck was one of the games on offer, with a second hook a duck from Michael Hill who also presented a darts stall and cranes. Catering came from Northwest Funfairs.