Allan Blackburn column

Allan Blackburn.
Allan Blackburn.

Usually when I’m giving you my weekly mutterings here, I’m talking about antiques but that’s only part of what I do.

GB Antiques Centre is at the heart of Lancaster Leisure Park which I own and manage.

One of the things I love doing is looking back through my old diaries and seeing how the site has developed and changed over the years.

We’ve some pretty big anniversaries coming up this year but it’s also the little things of note that I find interesting.

For example, it was exactly ten years ago that we first welcomed Taylors Fun Fair to the site.

It was fabulous to see the site transformed into a huge fun fair.

There were so many rides for young and old alike.

Whether you wanted a quiet, relaxing afternoon ride, or to be a frightened to death, there were over twenty attractions as well as entertainment, including clowns and balloon modellers.

Best of all the fun fair was open at night which really brought a fabulous carnival atmosphere to the park.

Unlike in recent months, I remember feeling really blessed that we’d had such good weather, which was of course one of the reasons the event pulled in such big crowds.

Over recent years we haven’t had the fair at Lancaster Leisure Park but we have had regular visits from the circus which is always a very popular attraction.

Of course there is a connection between antiques and fairgrounds.

Souvenirs, novelties, fairground and carnival memorabilia is a hugely popular field of collectables.

Whether it evokes childhood memories or just reminders of happy days out, I think we can all feel nostalgic about the sounds, sights and smells of a travelling fair.

Last month we had a colourful wooden horse from a carousel for sale in the centre.

He wasn’t here long and got snapped up really quickly.

There are even magazines dedicated to fairground memorabilia.

Look out for the name “Carters” who’s back copies can still be found on the internet, on sites like Ebay.