Promotions Galore at the Reebok
There were plenty of special promotions on offer from North West Funfairs at their
preEaster presentation at Bolton Wanderers Football Club’s Reebok Stadium in Horwich.
One offer was three free tickets on every five tickets purchased, whilst another promotion was the Day Saver offer which included the purchase of eight tickets for £10, 16 tickets for £20 and 24 tickets for £30, with each individual ticket costing £2 each.
There was also the chance of a free Easter egg for the first 50 children under 12 to purchase five ride tickets each day for the duration of the fair. Fifty pence off vouchers were given out with a purchase of a candy floss or a giant hot dog and an added attraction for the children was to have their photograph taken on the rides with Micky & Minnie Mouse and Fred the Monkey.
All the tickets could be purchased from the ticket box office at the entrance to the fair and all rides were one ticket except for the Booster which was two tickets. At the entrance were the 1955 Scammell Explorer and Bolton Fairground Organ from the Kurt Hill vintage collection. There were also plenty of advertising banners promoting all the offers available at the event, along with the firm’s recent new advertising ‘A’ framed trailer.
The fair was built up on the overflow car park across the main dual carriageway from the main car parks at the Reebok Stadium and was next to the Bolton Arena Sports Complex. The fair had the potential to attract many visitors from motorists passing by the side of the ground on their way to the very busy Middlebrook retail park which is home to many large stores, multiplex entertainment centre and food outlets.
There was a good selection of rides and attractions for all to enjoy and one not normally found at a North West Funfairs ground was the Bomber Booster of Elliot Cubbins, which provided an ideal beacon for the fair to the nearby M61 motorway.
The usual stable of rides from the lessees were again in attendance which included their No l set of Dodgems, Supreme Waltzer, Miami Trip Miami, Christer Twist, Skydiver Paratrooper, mini Ski Jump, mini Paratrooper, lady bugs, mini super jets, Camelot bouncy castle, inflatable slide, Ye Olde Traditional Striker and two catering kiosks.
New from North West Funfairs and making a debut at its first fair was the Sweety Treaty sweets kiosk with all tubs of sweets just £1 each. The kiosk has yet to be decorated but will be done to the normal excellent standard of decor of their other equipment. Also on the ground were two ‘baby’ strikers which stood either side traditional striker, for girls and the for boys.
Other attractions here consisted of David Hackett’s Acrobat and bi-planes; Craig Harrison’s Ghost Train; Laurence Hill’s Superheroes of the main a pink one other blue Fun House; Michael James Hill’s toy set, teacups and grabbers; Dean Hill’s mini train and hook a duck round stall; Raymond Holland Jnr’s Flying Circus jumbos and mini chairs n horses; and completing the line up was Robert Hill’s bungee trampolines.
Henry Hill told World’s Fair that they had been very happy with the amount of business the fair had received. Henry explained that the firm’s promotions seemed to be successful because their approach was ‘what you see is what you get’ with no gimmicks, just all the fun of the fair from a traditional fun fair.
The official opening of the event was at 4pm on March 30, following which the fair opened each day from 12 noon until 10pm, running until April 3.