Pictures: Big turnout at tiny fair

Barnstaple Mayor Lesley Brown opens the miniature fair exhibition in the guildhall on Friday.

Barnstaple Mayor Lesley Brown opens the miniature fair exhibition in the guildhall on Friday. - Credit: Archant

Collectors meet to exhibit fairground models and memorabilia.

Model enthusiasts exhibited large collections of fairground memorabilia.

Model enthusiasts exhibited large collections of fairground memorabilia. - Credit: Archant

THERE was a big turnout at an exhibition of tiny fair rides in Barnstaple this week.

Model enthusiasts exhibited large collections of fairground memorabilia.

Model enthusiasts exhibited large collections of fairground memorabilia. - Credit: Archant

While thousands enjoyed the thrills of the full-size fair at Seven Brethren, many visited the guildhall to check out the miniature version across the river.

The two-day exhibition in the council chamber featured many scaled down models of the famous attractions that have thrilled generations of Barnstaple fairgoers over the years.

There were also displays of old fair steam engines, as well as the more modern-day trucks and lorries.


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In the Doddridge Room, a model military display recreated the procession of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

The exhibition, organised by Barum Miniatures, featured fairground and military memorabilia owned by George Lovering, Keith Rowe, David Holland, Phil Vanstone, John Cook and Martin Burridge.

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David Holland, 66, from Roundswell said he had handmade and painted all his own models after developing an interest in fair memorabilia.

“I bought a few lorries and that’s how it started,” he said.

The exhibition was officially opened by Mayor Lesley Brown on Friday morning and saw a steady stream of visitors during the two days, raising nearly £200 in donations for the Chivenor Memorial Garden fund.

Organiser George Lovering said the exhibition had been a big success: “We’ve had a lot of interest over the two days and even had one gentleman visit from Cheshire.”

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