Leisure => General Leisure => Amusements, Fairgrounds & Carnivals => Topic started by: colin haggart on May 24, 2009, 17:16:57

Title: Sheerness Amusement Park
Post by: colin haggart on May 24, 2009, 17:16:57
This photo I did not take. 

It belongs to my wife who got it in the 1980s from a local paper.

See what you can see. Delemark Rd. school, putting green for example.

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Sheernessfairground.jpg)
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Post by: colin haggart on May 24, 2009, 20:41:38
Another photo, almost from the air.
My wife took this photo from the top of the slide.

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Sheernessfairground001.jpg)
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Post by: Sentinel S4 on May 20, 2011, 14:57:32
I have a great memory of this funfair and the scenic railway (?). I was taken out to Sheernes by train, it was the 1970's, and having a great time with my Aunt, Uncle and Grandad in the swimming pool where even the shallow end of the big pool was damn deep. We then went to the fair where my 73 year old ex WW1 frontline survivor dragged me onto the scenic railway for some fun. Problem is that I have loved them ever since....... Happy days.  :) :) :) :) :). Sentinel S4.
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Post by: seafordpete on May 20, 2011, 15:18:47
No scenic railway or "pylons"  or the dreaded dive bomber by then
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Post by: Sentinel S4 on May 20, 2011, 18:24:15
Hi, Seafordpete.
         I was being very complimentary by calling it a 'scenic railway'. To the best of my memory, I was 8 and it seemed huge, it was a very rusty steel roller coaster. Even the rails, I thought they were scaffold tubes, had a coat of rust and grime. I remember that it squealed all of the time and the crew were turning the winding motor on and off for each car. In the hour or so we were there I only saw one other car do the run. I think it was red and blue, I can't remember the colour of the car. It was that long ago I think there were still a few steam locos being broken up at Queenborough, 'cos I remember being told to sit still as I was bouncing all over the carriage looking at or for them. I am sure that the little saddle tank for the scrap yard was spotted amongst the weeds.
                                                                    Sentinel S4.
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Post by: seafordpete on May 21, 2011, 08:30:39
I went on it once- guessing 1962-5, terrified!!! Whole thing shook and at one point you headed straight out to sea and suddenly veered right and dropped. Never been on one since. This was the roller coaster near the sea wall but I have a feeling there was a gentler version at the zoo end of the site
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Post by: Deano on August 01, 2011, 21:56:33
anyone got any pics of the Sheerness Amusement Park from the 70`s and 80`s  or any right up untill it closed....
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Post by: darrenh on August 03, 2011, 14:13:46
does anyone remember (excuse me as i crudely try to explain) it was like a go-kart track, it had a roof like you would imagine a dodgem arena, but it was a large oval track and had elevations, dips and bumps as you went round.  cant remember if the vehicles were self propelled or ran off an electric roof grid like dodgems.
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Post by: colin haggart on August 03, 2011, 17:39:33
I used to go on them many atime Darrenh.  If you look at the b&w photo, I think the cars you are talking about were underneath the top of the slide.
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Post by: smiler on August 03, 2011, 18:08:54
Myself and a mate were down there for a day in the 50s when the owner of a young childrens roundabout asked us to look after it for a while.It had no motor so had to be pushed round ,it was 3d a go after taking a few shillings we disappeared probally to a cafe but I dont remember :)
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Post by: Bryn Clinch on August 03, 2011, 18:29:47
My memory is probably playing tricks but I seem to remember seeing a sign with `Butlins` on it. Was this one of Billy Butlin`s first amusement parks? I recall a ride with carriages which were either giant fish or sea monsters - went round and round and up and down.
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Post by: conan on August 03, 2011, 19:08:26
I used to go here in the 60s mainly if memory serves to try and win a packet of fags on the crane slot machine,probably spent more than the fags were worth.We used to get thrown out sometimes for trying to tilt the penny falls machine.I did however get to be quite a good shot on the indoor rifle range{22 air rifles}tho I can't remember what the prizes were.
 Colin Haggart ,in about 1968 I held the putting green course record I used to spend hours there the lady in charge in used to let us have loads of free goes and our score cards were used time and time again
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Post by: darrenh on August 03, 2011, 19:46:08
http://www.pbase.com/luckytrev/image/34819043

http://www.pbase.com/luckytrev/image/34620692

http://www.pbase.com/luckytrev/image/59970669

http://www.pbase.com/luckytrev/image/1109827

http://www.pbase.com/luckytrev/image/32216720
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Post by: Bryn Clinch on August 03, 2011, 20:09:55

...LINS in bottom left corner.

http://www.pbase.com/luckytrev/image/124169155
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Post by: darrenh on August 03, 2011, 21:56:25
from butlins memories website...

Quote
1945, Billy Butlin buys Sheerness amusement park
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Post by: colin haggart on August 03, 2011, 23:02:21
This is where the go-carts were Darrenh, under the slide.
( my wife's photo.)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/SheernessFairGround008-1.jpg)
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Post by: darrenh on August 04, 2011, 08:58:18
excellent  :)

i think its burnt in my memory because i was never allowed to go on it!
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Post by: Deano on August 06, 2011, 12:06:53
YEAH...
The go-karts were under the big slide
They were electric karts but they didn`t have poles connecting the electric in the roof, think they got the power from the track underneath
it had a hill/raised bank at one end
we used to watch them for ages
dont remember ever being allowed on them but my older cousin did.

other things i remember....

The ride on the left, we called it the `in and outs` ride

The Octupus, used to be near the front entrance

Big wheel at the back,

Bouncy castle next to that,

At the back, on the right was the Veteran cars,
the little track used to run alongside the sea wall to near the big wheel and back

There was a train for the little uns with a tunnel and it went inside the arcade too,
where there was a fun house, dodgems, remote control boats, cafe, bingo

this was between `79-`85
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Post by: conan on August 27, 2011, 01:46:05
My dad has just sent me whole heap of new photos from my past.A quick scan has turned up these from the from the fair ground.Please ignore the young shaver in nappies,it's the background we are looking at here...

(http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/395/ian013.jpg) (http://img37.imageshack.us/i/ian013.jpg/)

(http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/5427/ian009.jpg) (http://img577.imageshack.us/i/ian009.jpg/)

(http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/6849/ian045.jpg) (http://img28.imageshack.us/i/ian045.jpg/)

(http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/8725/ian046.jpg) (http://img18.imageshack.us/i/ian046.jpg/)

I think the switchback ride to the left has recently been restored
(http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/2465/johnsonfamilyphotos302e.jpg) (http://img69.imageshack.us/i/johnsonfamilyphotos302e.jpg/)
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Post by: Paul on August 27, 2011, 07:48:43
Great pics :)
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Post by: Sentinel S4 on August 27, 2011, 09:18:07
I don't want to embaress the young shave in nappies, but can we have a date please?
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Post by: Bryn Clinch on August 27, 2011, 09:20:36
Great pictures, Conan! In my Reply#10 I recalled "giant fish or sea monsters", nobody else has mentioned these and I was beginning to think that I`d imagined them or got the wrong fairground. But there they are on the extreme left of your pic 5.
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Post by: busyglen on August 27, 2011, 12:22:10
Great pictures, Conan! In my Reply#10 I recalled "giant fish or sea monsters", nobody else has mentioned these and I was beginning to think that I`d imagined them or got the wrong fairground. But there they are on the extreme left of your pic 5.


Yes I also remember them.  I also remember that a lad (won't mention his name here) slipped and caught his leg under the base as it was moving and had to have his leg amputated.  I have a feeling that it wasn't long afterwards before the ride went.

I also remember the chair-planes especially as I can recall feeling very sick afterwards.  They are the chairs that swung out as the ride got faster going round and round.
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Post by: conan on August 27, 2011, 14:22:27
I don't want to embaress the young shave in nappies, but can we have a date please?

No embarrassment Sentinel,I was born in 1952 so everything must postdate that.I guess my age when the first photos were taken was under a year and the two on the rides were about 5.Does anyone recognise the badge on my blazer in picture 3?
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Post by: darrenh on August 27, 2011, 14:46:44
i know it isnt the correct answer but it reminds me of the original grange hill badge (G H S entwined)

amazing pictures
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Post by: conan on August 27, 2011, 23:11:34
Found another one of the fair.In the background seems to be a speedway ride minus it's tilt so was probably on it's last legs.

(http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/9665/ian044.jpg) (http://img190.imageshack.us/i/ian044.jpg/)
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Post by: Paul on August 29, 2011, 13:19:58
Great Pic :)

It's a shame that that kid is so ugly :)

No not really....It looks like the photographer knew His/Her stuff.

Who took it?
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Post by: Deano on August 29, 2011, 16:37:06
i`d guess his mum or dad...
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Post by: conan on August 30, 2011, 12:50:48
No offence taken Paul,if you think the kid is ugly you should what he turned into........

The photographer was my dad
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Post by: Paul on August 30, 2011, 13:37:09
Was He a Pro photographer?
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Post by: johnham on August 30, 2011, 23:20:51
Does anyone remember the Doodle Bug, center of pic 6, I remember my mum going on it in the early 50's
and coming off looking very unwell.
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Post by: seafordpete on August 31, 2011, 09:26:53
I always knew it as "Dive bomber"  Dad took a cousin on it and was sick after, not bad but he was an RAF Air Gunner  :) Said it was worse than anything he had flown in
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Post by: seafordpete on August 31, 2011, 11:01:16
Re Pic 6 is it printed in reverse or were there gate pylons at both sides of the fair?  I can only remember them at the paddling pool side in which case in pic 6 the sea should be on the left not right
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Post by: conan on August 31, 2011, 14:58:18
Paul,dad was not a professional photographer,he spent his entire working life as a telephone engineer starting with post office telephones and latterly with British Telecom.

Seafordpete afraid I can't help with the reverse bit though I would have thought that the pictures would have been developed at the chemist as dad didn't do his own developing.
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Post by: Deano on August 31, 2011, 15:20:07
when you say gate pylons.... do you mean the big H gate entrances...

There was one at the front (facing train station) and one on the right(facing the boating pool)

I believe the one in the pic is the front one, the pic is taken at such an angle that the sea seems to go right past.
and it probaly does as it carries on down to the docks....

If the picture was in reverse then the Big Fish Roundabout thing would all be facing the other way, and that would seem odd...

just a thought...
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Post by: Deano on August 31, 2011, 15:38:36
how do i put pics on here ?

not links, just me own photos
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Post by: smiler on August 31, 2011, 15:45:21
Deano look under General   Technical queries
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Post by: seafordpete on August 31, 2011, 15:53:57
Re Pylons, thanks Deano, you are probably right, can't remember the front ones but would seem right if the photo was at an angle
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Post by: conan on August 31, 2011, 20:01:24
You are right about the roundabout Deano,all English sets rotate clockwise,ones on the continent tend to go the opposite way for some reason.Clockwise made it simple to read the name of the ride and it's owner that were normally displayed on the rounding boards.
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Post by: Paul on November 18, 2011, 14:22:05
Thats a Classic :)
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Post by: Minsterboy on November 18, 2011, 16:24:24
Gawd - hard to accept that I was 8 then and remember it looking like that - where did all the time go!
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Post by: Sentinel S4 on November 18, 2011, 16:26:57
You've spent the best part of the last year on this forum....... :)
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Post by: seafordpete on November 18, 2011, 16:31:59
Might be my memory but i thought the scenic railway, which looks under construction, was more into the 1960s
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Post by: Minsterboy on November 18, 2011, 18:20:17
Perhaps it took them a long time to build it.
It's amazing how many different rides that they managed to pack into that relatively small site.
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Post by: lesanne on January 15, 2012, 22:53:40
 Going thru these pic's to see if I recognise anyone.. Need more than my spec's.
Is the badge from Jefferson Road school? Can't remember the proper name.
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Post by: conan on January 16, 2012, 13:49:48
Regarding the badge issue I only went to two schools Halfway houses primary followed by the Tech so it must be one of them.I started at the Tech in 1963 so a rough date as to the photo must be about that time
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Post by: colin haggart on January 25, 2012, 12:09:28
Going thru these pic's to see if I recognise anyone.. Need more than my spec's.
Is the badge from Jefferson Road school? Can't remember the proper name.

  When i was there in the early 1970s, it was called Sir Thomas Cheyne Middle School, Lady Anne Cheyne Middle School was next door.
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Post by: busyglen on January 25, 2012, 15:11:12
When I went there (1952) it was called the Sheerness Secondary Girls School (ditto Boys) but I believe before that it was for a short while I think, the Sheerness County Modern School.  I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong. :)

**Sorry, I think we are going off topic here.