the original Brooklyn American Cakewalk ride.
This ride is
well travelled the length and breadth of the UK and near European
Countries and is still a major attraction at all fairs.
Cake-Walk' is really an amazing ride, created in 1895 by Plymson
and Taylor, it is the only model that is still operating and that
the public can try at a funfair, while the other examples can only
be admired in museums. This ride attends events such as Nottingham
Goose Fair, Great Dorset Steam Fair, Ilkeston Charter Fair and Stamford
& Grantham Mid-Lent fairs just to mention a few.
The ride features
a gangway, with a handrail, that rocks back and forth while the
public walk on it, trying not to lose their balance.
is believed to be the first ride of its type to be built in 1895,
by a partnership called Plimson and Taylor.
The ride was
purchased by its previous owners, Albert Richards, in 1905 and visited
Nottingham goose fair in that year in the old market square. Originally
steam driven it was converted to electric drive when taken over
by the Richards family.
This ride is
now the only ride still going to the goose fair that attended it
when it was on the old market square.
years it has attended most major fairs throughout the United Kingdom,
and several abroad. It has seen many changes in name and design,
with make-overs to try and keep up with the times - organs taken
off, jazz bands playing on the front, dancing girls in the fifties,
amplified music, bright lights, disco lights, sayings painted on
gag boards like 'the ride Churchill sent to France', 'exercise without
exertion', 'you've seen the rest now ride the best'.
has been tried but the ride itself has never changed.
the years return year after year to ride again, bringing their children
and grand children with tales of how it broke down and the owner
would come back from the pub and how barney with his wife got the
ride going again, and about Harry Richards famous saying - "
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