Going, going...gone! All the fun of the fair goes under the hammer at auction
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For many, going to the funfair is a great childhood memory - but today bidders will be able to bring all the fun of the fair to their living room when a showman's 40-year collection goes to auction.
The Bressingham-based vendor, only known by his show name Poz, said it was time to finally say goodbye to the 30-odd items, including a spinning-top carousel, inflatables such as a jousting/gladiator set, a mega-slide and a row of swing boats.
There is also a 'Buzz Bomb' roundabout to be offered as a restoration project for an enthusiast to work on and bring back into good order.
Poz said its carriages were originally fuel tanks dropped by planes in the Second World War after they had been used.
He said: 'We've also got smaller stuff suitable for school fetes - there are flying turtles which don't fly and look nothing like turtles.
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'We've also got a coconut shy and various other small games.'
Poz said it was difficult to say how much everything would fetch but expected the carousel - which lights up - to bring in the highest amount. He said: 'We've had people ringing up from all over the country to enquire about it.'
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Poz now plans to focus on his other ventures, including a long-running magic show. Despite that, he said he would miss his hoard of amusements.
'I'll be a little sad to see it all go but life moves on, doesn't it?' he said.
Poz said he started the collection after his daughter Rebecca, then aged four, said she wanted a bouncy castle at her birthday party.
The collection grew and Poz started to rent the pieces out as part of his business Fair and Fete.
He said: 'You could charge the same for renting out a bouncy castle back then as you could now - that's how rare they used to be.'
Poz said many of the pieces were ideal for schools, which could use them at events and loan them out to each other.
Poz said some of the proceeds would go to Daisy Mason from East Winch, a quadriplegic six-year-old who was born 12 weeks early. The auction will take place at Diss' TW Gaze auction rooms on Friday, September 15, staring at 1pm