|This is the first study of traditional
"stick" rides (for lack of a better name!) This study has produced useful
material on Thomas of Chertsey which hopefully will further enhance the reputation of this
old quality firm, much loved by the old generations of showmen.
This book records the heyday of these rides and their steady decline in the
mainstream business after WWII to the late seventies when they had all but disappeared
from modern Showmen's Guild funfairs. That is sadly still the case, but a new wave of
Independent Showmen, the majority by far being Society of Independent Roundabout
Proprietors members, have purchased examples, restored them to high standards and returned
them to the travelling life.