Fair in memory of brother

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A man is set to host a fun fair over the Easter weekend in the memory of his younger brother who died at the age of 45 earlier this year.

Ian Taylor, 57, of Perth Road, Stamford, says the loss of his brother Des was a “big shock” and the family are preparing to hold Taylor’s Fun Fair in Market Deeping as a tribute to him.

Ian set up Taylor’s Amusements more than 38 years ago and Des helped out in organising various stalls and rides, as they took their venture across the country.

Des, who lived in Willoughby Road, Stamford, passed away after suffering from a virus on January 13, two days after his 45th birthday.

Ian said this year’s event, which will be the third time the fair has been held at the John Eve Field, off Godsey Lane, will be in his brother’s memory.

Des daughters Ruby, 22, Morgan, 12, and Daisy, three, will cut the ribbon to declare the fair open on the evening of Good Friday. Deeping mayor Xan Collins will also be attending.

Ian said: “Des loved running the fair with me and I really wanted to keep it going. It’s what he would’ve 

“It was such a big shock to lose a brother at the age of 45.

“He was a real character and people loved him.”

Sue Taylor, Ian and Des’ sister, added: “This fair is for my dear brother Dessie and to show people that our brother was one in a million.”

Des was known to many people across the area.

He worked at Tarmac Building Products in Tallington and held fruit and veg stalls at Stamford market. Des also helped in the organising of the Deepings Raft Race and the Deeping Show.

The fair will be open on Friday, April 18, from 3.30pm to late, on Saturday and Sunday, from 2pm to late, and on Monday, from 2pm to 6pm.

It will include rides for the whole family, including dodgems, the waltzer and other traditional games.

Ian added: “It’s a real family fair and it’s fitting because Des was a real family man.

“We’re hoping for a really good turnout and hope it will be a special tribute for him.”