All the fun of the fair has emerged from a garage in lockdown thanks to the discovery of a host of ‘mind-blowing’ model fairground rides – painstakingly handmade by a Derbyshire man decades ago.
Intricate, working models of a Cake Walk, Noah’s Ark Ride and Chairoplane, scaled down to exactly match their full-size equivalents, are due to be sold in November by Hansons Auctioneers.
Each one took the late Patrick Burton two or three years to build, according to his family. He made every part himself, working from drawings, and hand-painted hundreds of components. The colourful paintwork on the finished models included his very own name for his creation – ‘Pat Burton’s Model Fun Fair’.
The items are due to be sold on November 24 in Hansons' Toy, Models and Gaming Auction