In 1964 all county councils were ordered to replace their signs
with standard ones throughout the country. Many early signs were
very individual to the district and most were scrapped. However
Stuart Hands collected boundary signs from most English Councils
and many signpost arms and top finials all with their own character,
to make this unique display. Several early warning signs are also
included and some seem clearer than those used today. The collection
is still growing and further items are always welcome.
Dragons, seahorses, mythological figures and racing cars - the
fairground decorator's imagination runs riot in a colourful display
of fairground art at Dingles Steam Village.
Put together by Hull-born enthusiast Michael Smith it features
examples of this popular native art form covering well over a century.
The basis of the Exhibition is Michael's own extensive collection
backed up by other collectors and showmen who have generously loaned
Said to be the finest surviving example of British Fairground decoration,
belonging to Peter Tei of Derby, the complete front from A.C. Clowes'
(later George Heath's) shooting gallery is displayed portraying
a Ben Hur Chariot Race painted by Lakin's senior decorator, Edwin
Hall, in 1949.