A carnival atmosphere returns to Tayport this weekend – more than two decades after the last visiting funfair departed.
Local legend has it that the last visiting fun fair was scared away by a great storm – never to return until now.
The town welcomed the fair, with a full complement of rides, back to the promenade for the first time in nearly 30 years yesterday, and it’s due to stay until July 23.
Tay Bridgehead councillor Bill Connor has been attempting to attract a showman and his wares to Tayport in a bid to resurrect fun for the locals and boost summer revenues.
He said: “I have been trying to get a fun fair back in Tayport for a while and finally got in touch with Gavin Stirling and George Shearer at one of our galas.
“I mentioned how great it would be to have a slide and some rides and fun fair attractions back in the town, as we have not had one for so long, and would they be interested in helping.”
George Shearer, who has worked in the travelling funfair business for decades, buddied up with Gavin Stirling and Sons – members of the Showmans Guild – who will bring a selection of thrills and spills to Links Park promenade.
“This is great for Tayport and will hopefully help to build the tourism up in the area,” added Bill. “The more people that know about it and are able to come along and support this year, means we have a greater chance of them coming back in the future.”
Amongst this week’s attraction are a Waltzer Twist, a Miami ride and two smaller rides suitable for younger children, as well as a 35ft slide.
“I am also bringing some hook a duck stalls with a chance to win a prize every time,” said George.
Flyers have been left throughout the town which offer 50p off all rides, just take the leaflet along.
Excitement at the prospect of the returning fair rose on Facebook as the community reminisced about happy days spent at the dodgems and waltzers that used to frequent the Common.