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Fun at the Fairground By Trevor Johnson

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

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Happy times at the fun fair

Many years ago

All the different rides

Always a side show.

There was enjoyment everywhere

When the fair came to town,

The sound of the music

Laughter all around.

The carousel, and big wheel.

On the ghost train,

The kids would squeal.

Three darts for sixpence

Have a try,

Or try your luck

On the coconut shy.

Fortune teller with crystal ball

Booth fighters take on all.

The punch ball, roll a penny

Stalls selling food

There were many.

Motorbike riders defy gravity

Nerves of steel there to see.

The sound of generators

The pretty lights,

And rides that soared

To dizzy heights.

See the bearded lady

Or man on bed of nails,

And the belly dancer

With her seven veils.

Men on the waltzers

Spun them around,

Win a goldfish

A familiar sound.

So many memories

Of those bygone days,

The fun fair was different then

In so many ways.

I'VE had almost 100 poems published in The Bugle over the years. I go to lots of venues reading them for people.

I am 77 in August and have many memories of the fun fair. When I do my readings I always ask people to try and buy The Bugle.

I did a gig at the Metro cafe in Bilston for Bilston and Willenhall Lions Club on Saturday, July 14. There were quite a lot of people there and it included a three-course Black Country meal.

They must have enjoyed it as they phoned me up and booked me again for the Goldthorn Hotel, Wolverhampton, on Saturday, September 27.

I wonder if Bugle readers have any memories of the fun fair in the 1940's and 1950's and where they were held.

Trevor Johnson

What are your memories of fun fairs in the 1940's and 1950's? Write to us at Bugle House, 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL, or email editor@blackcountry bugle.co.uk or log on www.blackcountry bugle.co.uk and we will forward all replies on to Trevor - Editor

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