AN historic fair is back in town – but on a new site.
Robinson’s fun fairs have been promoting their attractions in Huddersfield every year for the past 30 years.
But the family have an amazing 150 years of history in the trade.
Yesterday organiser Stewart Robinson, the latest in the dynasty, and his colleagues were hard at work setting up on their new site at the riverside car park at Kings Bridge Road.
The fair opens tonight and runs through to Sunday.
Mr Robinson, whose family experience in the industry goes back to the mid 1800s, said: “Because it is the first time at the new site, we are all really excited.
“The Chinese State Circus was there recently and did well here, so we thought we would move the fair from the previous sites at Cambridge Road and St Georges Square.”
There have been regular fairs in Huddersfield since the 1890s, but the traditional Easter Fair did not take place this year for the first time in over 100 years.
The family’s Christmas Fair was also badly hit by the worst winter for 31 years, which delayed its opening for two days.
“We usually do the Easter fair, but because it did not take place, as there was no site available, we decided to organise one for now,” said Mr Robinson.
The Sheffield-based company organise fairs for several towns in Yorkshire, including Leeds, Halifax, Bradford, Doncaster and Barnsley, and provides a variation of white knuckle rides, children’s rides and more traditional attractions.
“We have a Waltzer, a Sizzler, train rides, a Paratrooper, fun house and lots of rides for the children.
“It is free entry too, which is something a lot of fairs do not offer these days.”
Preparing for the fair is not an easy task for Robinsons, especially as they have just finished a spell at Roundhay Park, Leeds.
The staff will be working overtime to ensure the rides are up to safety standards.
Mr Robinson said: “We have been working 12 hours a day this week, transporting the rides from Leeds and setting them up in Huddersfield.
“It’s hard work.
“Added to this, dealing with the local authority to gain permission takes between six and seven weeks, and the advertising has to be organised for the town around a week beforehand.”
Shops, supermarkets and pubs around town have been given leaflets to give to customers, that allow them to gain discounts on the rides.
Mr Robinson said: “The leaflets give people a 50p discount on rides, taking them down to £2 for adult rides and just £1 for children’s rides.”
The fair will run from 6pm until 10pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 1.30pm until 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.