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Onion Fair

lenbrum

New Member
born in aston in 1949 so the onion fair was the highlight of the year.Remember winning a goldfish most years that lived about a week ! great days I also remerber the circus at perry barr park and being taken to see the parade though the streets when it arrived
 

brummy-lad

master brummie
The picture of the Sputnik ride in post #130 brought back memories. I would have been perhaps 11 when a group of us went to the onion fair, we all went on the Sputnik but one of the girls slipped out of the safety harness and for the rest of the ride was in the cone of the Sputnik, luckily she sustained no injuries. Safety was low priority in those days, it would be shut-down for a week if it happened now. John
 

Gerry Cannell

master brummie
I REMEMBER RANDY TURPIN FIGHTING IN A BOXING BOOTH AT ASTON ONION FAIR THINK THEY USED TO USE IT FOR TRAINING. I THOUGHT ONE TIME I SAW FREDDIE MILLS THERE BUT I MIGHT HAVE BEEB MISTAKEN. THE BOXING BOOTHS AT THAT TIME USED TO OFFER CONTESTANTS IN CROWD THE CHANCETO FIGHT THE BOXERS,AND IF THEY LASTED 3 ROUNDS THEY USED TO GIVE THEM £10. THEY WOULD PLAY WITH YOU IN TWO ROUNDS THEN MAKE SURE YOU DID NOT LAST 3RD ROUND. IVE SEEN MANY A DRUNKEN MAN TRY FIGHTING AFTER BEEN EGGED ON BY THERE MATES. BY FOR NOW REG
I know that this post was a very long time ago, but as a newbie to this site, it triggered a memory. My Grandad, was Jack Hill. Jack was a boxer in the booths at the Onion Fair. Would anyone remember him?
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
HI Gerry yes its great to bring such memories back yes over thhe years on this forum and our olld forum people have put there memories and pictures of the good old onion fair and yes i was a regular kid on the gaff and associated with quite afew of the lads on the gaff and with the girls whom sstarred in one or two of the side shows after they finished the night
I knew bob and queenie of the gaff it was oldd bob and queenie in those days until they eventualy died i knew there son young bob whom had taken over there was a guy called ron, named as cowboy he rode the walzers but getting back to your story about bob hill the boxer i recall him as his owner of the booth would have him standing there whilst they would have the crowds around and pointing to him undefeated champ and dare people to step in the booth and take him on but as you said noboby of the public came out and claimed the prize money he beat them all
Iremember the crowds gathering around and yes there was quite afew fancied there chance agaist him he was not short of contenders but not one got the prize money
there is an old lady from those days off the gaff whom lives down our way she she is disabled and her show i think it was do with an elephant she sat on the pitch bang on her drum begining people to come in we often speak when we meet at the town centre good old days i say roll up . roll up, lets have more memories did you win that chalk cat , or did you win a coconut ? gerry i think i have got a picture of jack in an old bookwill try and find it when the dutchess as gone shopping
 

Gerry Cannell

master brummie
HI Gerry yes its great to bring such memories back yes over thhe years on this forum and our olld forum people have put there memories and pictures of the good old onion fair and yes i was a regular kid on the gaff and associated with quite afew of the lads on the gaff and with the girls whom sstarred in one or two of the side shows after they finished the night
I knew bob and queenie of the gaff it was oldd bob and queenie in those days until they eventualy died i knew there son young bob whom had taken over there was a guy called ron, named as cowboy he rode the walzers but getting back to your story about bob hill the boxer i recall him as his owner of the booth would have him standing there whilst they would have the crowds around and pointing to him undefeated champ and dare people to step in the booth and take him on but as you said noboby of the public came out and claimed the prize money he beat them all
Iremember the crowds gathering around and yes there was quite afew fancied there chance agaist him he was not short of contenders but not one got the prize money
there is an old lady from those days off the gaff whom lives down our way she she is disabled and her show i think it was do with an elephant she sat on the pitch bang on her drum begining people to come in we often speak when we meet at the town centre good old days i say roll up . roll up, lets have more memories did you win that chalk cat , or did you win a coconut ? gerry i think i have got a picture of jack in an old bookwill try and find it when the dutchess as gone shopping
*Thank you. I look forward to seeing it. Years ago, I wrote a verse about the onion Fair, and if I knew how to upload it (it's an mps) then I would post it here. Once again, thank you. Gerry
 

Gerry Cannell

master brummie
*Thank you. I look forward to seeing it. Years ago, I wrote a verse about the onion Fair, and if I knew how to upload it (it's an mps) then I would post it here. Once again, thank you. Gerry
Astonian, did you ever find that picture of Jack Hill, my grandad, who boxed in the booths?
 
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