the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby scotsjock » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:09 pm

yes johnny and his familly who i know are based in glasgow.johnny is from the north of england originally.yes indeed he played football in his younger days.a few showmen have played football for scottish clubs ie jerred stirling played for motherwell in the 90s and nathan blockley currently plays for airdrie united.
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby scotsjock » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:15 pm

the scottish showmen organise football tournaments all the time.they play an international every year against the best of the english showmen.
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby HelenD » Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:55 pm

scotsjock wrote:artwork on a fairground attraction

Quite a bit of this stuff on Salvage Hunters (episode 2) this evening between 8pm and 9pm. Will doubtless be repeated in the next few days.
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby scotsjock » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:41 pm

yes ive seen it a few times
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby scotsjock » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:55 pm

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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby Croman » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:22 pm

peasy23 wrote:Scotsjock, one of Petershill's best players of the late 1960's was a forward called Johnny Pullar, who came from a fairground family. He went on to play for Hibs and Ayr United. The last we saw him at Petershill was when he organised a match for some showmen at the old Petershill Park around/over 10 years ago.


Johnny Pullar isn't originally from a showman's family. He is a flattie who married in to the business.
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby scotsjock » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:58 am

yes indeed
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby scotsjock » Tue May 14, 2013 4:06 pm

another kirkcaldy links market has passed.the hustle and bustle of the season is in full swing.a few surprises at kirkcaldy this year.a ride called 'air' made a welcome return. owned by welsh showman abie danter jnr had travelled up from england a few days previous to the fair along with his other popular ride the wild mouse rollercoaster.air is transported on more than one truck and cost over a million pounds to buy.it is a great sight seeing all the trucks for this ride parked up.there are still a lot of enterprising showmen out there waiting to snap up the latest rides on offer from manufacturers like ADESKO,NOTTINGHAM U.K, HUSS,KMG,SAFECO etc etc.one street in kirkcaldy lined up with trucks moving into position ready for the build up.a line is marked up and down the street and everything is set up so as not to cross over that line or the attraction has to be pulled down and moved if it stands over the line.some attractions built up with milimeters to spare either side of the attraction standing next to it.
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby scotsjock » Tue May 14, 2013 4:17 pm

another new ride attending kirkcaldy for the first time was reeves leisures atmosfear which was almost ready for last years fair but missed it due to the manufacturing taking longer than expected.showmen see the links market as a good place to debut brand new rides as most rides are ordered just before the back end run finishes so in readiness for the start of the next season.
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby scotsjock » Tue May 14, 2013 4:25 pm

a treasure trove of fairground memorobilia exists in glasgow itself.showman melvyn thomas has shed upon shed full of history in his winter yard. everything bought and beautifully restored by himself be it an old one arm bandit,bingo stall or a showmans caravan with acompanying transport melvyn has it all.it really is a sight to see.
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby malct » Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:31 am

Regarding the Pullar family, they are a very hard working family travelling from the top of Scotland to hull and open most of the year with little downtime.
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby scotsjock » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:20 pm

Yes the pullars open up north the furthest north being inverness and nairn they do a few fairs in england prior to hull and after hull.a very nice selection of attractions owned by the pullar familly.john pullar was just an ordinary bloke who had a career in football and later married into the fairground community.hard work has certainly paid off for them as it shows in their immaculate equipment.
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Re: the fairground folk of the east end of glasgow

Postby purplepantman » Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:47 pm

There's an interesting article on the BBC website about this way of life as well as a BBC Scotland
documentary showing tomorrow night. Might be worth a watch.

Fairground attraction - Behind the scenes at the Shows
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-30375959
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