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Full House at Dingles!

“Yellow, three and nine, thirty nine,  on the red, on its own, number one”. Many will have childhood memories of the monotonous tones of the bored-sounding bingo caller at seaside amusement arcades from the 1960s and 70s. It was so ubiquitous at the popular resorts of the post war years, that you could walk along an arcade-lined street and not distinguish one caller from another. The sixpences that flowed into …Read More

Jenn D Music Video

The fairground has been in vogue for a over a decade in terms of an association with consumer advertising: for fashion, music, confectionery and cars. M&S, Tombola Bingo, Mars Confectionery, Impulse Fragrance, and Confused dot com have all used funfair locations to sell their products. The Fairground Heritage Centre was chosen to film a 20 second ad for the NME Shockwaves Rock’n’ Pop awards four years ago. Filmed entirely on …Read More

Chris Thomas redecorates mini Waltzer

At first glance, it might seem an anathema, that the Fairground Heritage Trust is commissioning a new piece of fairground art, to cover a whole ride. Surely conservation is what we all about? The reason becomes clear when identifying the ride in question… The mini Waltzer, purchased last spring from Charles Manning, who used it at the permanent seaside park in Felixstowe. It was a blank canvas: the ride was …Read More

Fairground Heritage Trust Collection on new BBC website

The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF), in partnership with the BBC, today announced that all oil paintings in public ownership in Devon, excluding Plymouth and Torbay, have been added to the Your Paintings website for the nation to enjoy. Your Paintings is a project to create a complete online catalogue of every oil painting in the national collection, at www.bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings. Paintings by F…rith, Gainsborough, Lawrence, Reynolds and Sickert are among the …Read More

International Fashion Shoot at Devon Fairground Centre

The glamorous world of international fashion came to the Fairground Heritage Centre near Lifton in Devon recently. Supergroup plc, who market, the fashion labels, Superdry, Cult and Vintage Thrift, spent the day and night shooting their spring collection on the dazzling and atmospheric backdrop of the vintage rides. The Superdry brand is said to “capture elements of both “preppy” and street wear designs with a subtle combination of vintage Americana …Read More