chapters detailing the rich and colourful history of this famous country
During the 19th and early 20th century the fair had a
reputation for brawling, drunkenness and excesses of every description. The
Salvation Army and the Band of Hope fought the great fight against the
perils of strong drink on Fair day.
fair brought electric light and cinema to the town for the first time.
Dancing bears, performing Lions and Ghost Illusion shows were standard fare
in the 19th century. The first Dodgem Cars caused a sensation
in 1930. After the Second World War, Boxing booths, dancing girls and the
Wall of Death thrilled the crowds.
are featured in the book.
to be outdone by itinerant traders, John Carter, the founder of Crebers
Store, advertised Fairings and Ginger Nuts for Goose Fair week. And proving
fast food is nothing new, Bill Cribb, grandson of Tom Cribb - Boxing
champion of all England, sold fried chips from carts during the Great War.
Rowland family has provided all the fun of the fair for over a century and a
chapter details the trials and tribulations of life on the road. The founder
of the Rowland dynasty, Tom, died at Tavistock in October 1925.
fair began as a Michelmas trading fair, with the seasonal commodity, Geese,
being offered as part of the rent. It is a surprise to many that more geese
are offered for sale on Goose Fair day in the 2ist century than during most
of the 20th. Only six were offered for sale in 1936. The book
details the livestock prices made at Market on fair day from the 1850s.
story is brought up to the present with a debate about the future of the
fair being questioned by some in the town.