hi all i went on the mad mouse once at the fair.did it make me ill.just looking at this thread reminds me ill.
I remember Bob Wilsons fair coming to the land on the corner of Haslucks Green Road/Stratford Road every Whitsun. It then went on to Hay Mills and then out of town.Bob Wilsons was the fair at the Tulip Festival in Cannon Hill Park, i remember smaller fairs popping up in various parts of Birmingham, I think the one at Shenley park still comes round every so often, apart from the rides i mentioned there were also the stalls, hoop throwing, catch a duck, darts, rifles, lots of prizes to be won from goldfish to soft toys, i still have a little rag doll that my boyfriend now husband won, Eric and Ernie i seen there, Joe Brown i think it was him,, and then the marvellous smells, hot dogs with onions,chips pies,candy floss, toffee apples, popcorn, it was a really magical place, the lights sparkling in the dark and often quite cold in April, lots of laughter, screams from the ghost train, and some of the faster rides, i think part of the fun was being scared, and lots of smiling faces making their way to the gates at closing time.And hopefully if you had enough cash you could do it all again the following night.
My dad told me about the escaped lion at Aston quite recently,he was there,I believe it was 1924.He said all the children from Aston and Nechells joined the hunt.It was eventually cornered in Aston churchyard.Dad said it must have been a friendly lion because it never bit anyone.A great story to relate would be the escape of the lion from the Serpentine, that was later found in Aston Churchyard. Apparently it did not have any teeth.
I have a book that I bought for my mother about the Birmingham Fairs, I will dig it out. I am sure someone will come up with the story.
All the best Peter