Birmingham Onion Fair
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ISBN Number: 1
898528 07 0
Number of Pages: 88
Publication Date: 2001
Birmingham Onion Fair may have its
origins in Royal Charters and the sale of onions, but this book is
concerned with the amusements that grew up alongside the business of
trading. After 1875 the onions and the amusements went their
separate ways. The amusements went in exile to Aston, and became a
modern funfair. From 1875 to 1968 these fairs enjoyed a remarkable
history and brought great pleasure to thousands of people. The fair
endured three changes of location, but eventually settled on the
Serpentine Ground, a stone's throw from Aston Villa Football Club.
One man's name is associated with these fairs - Pat Collins, King of
Showmen - but this book tries to give credit to everyone involved
from legendary showmen to escaping lions. Come and read their story
and re-live the colour and movement and magic of the fair. It was
loud and brash and dusty - but it was fun for all!
Condition: Fine -as new.