Martin Burridge developed a fascination with Barnstaple Fair when his mother took him and his siblings to the fair before he started school.
That childhood fascination developed into a serious involvement and study of the fairground business. He is a friend to many of the showmen that visit Barnstaple Fair is September and is an honoury member of the Showmen’s Guild, the trade association that represent the majority of those involved in running fairgrounds.
Barnstaple Fair is the largest fair in Devon and attracts the latest white knuckle rides from across the country as well as all the family favourites, Dodgems, Waltzers and Golden Gallopers.
This splendid book traces the history of the fair and introduces readers to some of the more colourful characters, the presenters and performers of the old time shows that have enlivened it.