Memories of the past
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Because of the lack of old photographs! This picture of Charlie Heals Fair proved to be one of the most difficult I have ever painted. Most of it is based on my memories! But various kind people helped me with the research, including Radstock Museum and Dave langley who knows more about fairs than anyone else I know.
The Big Wheel was always outside of Welches at the end of the river. The Dodgems were outside of Parsons paper shop in The Island along with Noah’s Ark that poked out past Stocks (the butcher) on the corner where the bus stop is today. The side shows were placed in the High Street all along the side of the river and up past Casswells and on into Church Square, where I vaguely remember seeing The Wall of Death.
Due to years of pressure from local Traders who were losing money while the Fair was in town. The council finally gave in and therefore The last Fair in the town was April 23rd 1960. My painting however includes the Jubilee Lamp That I think was removed in 1959! Therefore I have dated this scene April 1958.