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GREAT DORSET STEAM FAIR 2016

The popular event was moved forward a week to the August Bank Holiday Weekend in order to boost attendances. A look at the inevitable changes of fairground attractions present.

First row of rides only saw two changes.

Charles Lock's Square Slip replaced Mike Rule's Lighthouse Slip.



Howard Bros Gallopers.



Jimmy Bowry's Skid was again the most popular ride on the row.



Stephen Holland's Cake-Walk.



Saunders Collection Steam Yachts.



Harris Bros Chair-O-Planes.



David Downs' steam-driven Gallopers.



At the end change of Big Wheel with Howard Bros taking the place of David Downs.




The modern fairground saw many more changes and unfortunately also saw a few gaps.

Two new rides from Garry Evans were the Giant Wheel and Booster.





Four of the Evans rides were situated close to each other.
The Freak Out move to part of the ground where Abie Danter's Wild Mouse has stood for several years.




One row of rides was completely different from last year.
The row commenced with a major newcomer - Joe William Whitelegg's Top Scan.




William Danter's Extreme the only ride present from the Danter family.



Replacing Leigh Danter's Superstar was James Bedford's Ski Jump the first Flying Coaster to attend since 1998.



Jimmy Day Jnr's recently acquired Tri-Star took the place of Craig Danter's Superbowl.



Charles Cole's Paratrooper was the first Upright version to appear for 30 years.
Charles was also the last to open a Lifting version here in 1999.




On side ground Jorden Crole's Rotor was a new addition.



The Over The Top ride returned with new owner James Stokes, first time standing in a central position.



Also on side ground Robert Russett's recently acquired Fun House was a new addition.



New to the selection of juveniles was Perrin Mott's new self-built Helicopters ride.



John Coneley Jnr's Waltzer returned for a sixth year.



One of three Dodgem tracks at the event was Charles Cole's fold-up set.



Sheldon Lock's Crazy Bulls was popular in the evenings.



Also popular was the fifth ride from Garry Evans, his Sky Flyer.




Elsewhere around the showground.

Dale Hibbitt's Apple Coaster a new attraction on Real Ale Way.



The Reverse Bungee returned with its new owner Sheldon Lock.



After two years in the main fair Jason Gray's Booster returned back to its old position opposite the music stage.



Ashley Harris' Haunted House was a new attraction on the show row.



Ken Fox's Wall Of Death returned for its annual visit.



The Circus Of Horrors were again performing in Joby Carter's Freak Show.



Joby Carter's Village Green was scaled down due to commitments at Gosport
Only his Gallopers returned from the machines present here last year.




Joby also provided the arcade of his father-in-law Kevin Gamlin.




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