Mid-Lent Fair half-a-century ago

The ferris wheel on Broad Street, with the Central building in the background
The ferris wheel on Broad Street, with the Central building in the background
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THIS WEEK the Mid-Lent fair visits Stamford to carry on a centuries-old tradition.

The fair is thought to have started more than 1,000 years ago as a trade event, but more recently it has been a sprawling funfair covering most of the town centre.

The waltzers on Broad Street

The waltzers on Broad Street

Thrills now include rides such as Extreme and Wild Mouse alongside traditional attractions like the carousel.

Reader David London, who grew up in Essendine and now lives in Bourne, found these photos of some of the main attractions while converting old slides for his mother Janet.

The pictures show the waltzer and a ferris wheel on Broad Street.

Mr London thinks the pictures show the fair as it was 50 years ago.

He said: “To my amazement the waltzer is situated in exactly the same spot it is today.

“I have always loved Stamford, especially as a child and I put a lot of those fond memories to the time I spent at the fair.”