Speedway Fairground Ride

Growing up in North Northumberland one of the highlights of late summer was the annual arrival for two weeks of the ‘shows’. A small travelling fairground called Slaters. Among the shuggy boats, ‘big’ wheel, and octopus rides as well as the gaping mouth clowns and pingpong goldfish bowl arcade was the “Speedway” ride. a rolling carousel of bikes and chairs. It was, for a 7 year old, the first effects of speed and centrigugal forces sitting atop a ‘motorbike’ although it was fixed!

Ahh, the heady smell of candy-floss, diesel and trampled summer-dry grass; backed by flashing lights, 70’s disco music and whirring machinery. 

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