Fun fair extends its visit to town

A fun fair is set to extend its stay in Wellingborough by three days after its original run was hampered by heavy rainfall.

The Stevens Fun Fair rolled in to town at the end of April and its last day was due to be on Bank Holiday Monday.

But the fair, which is set up in Bassetts Close, West Villa Road, has stayed on and will open for three more days in a bid to give people a few more chances to go along and enjoy all the thrills and spills of the rides.

It will open tonight from 6pm to 10pm, tomorrow from 6pm to 10pm and on Saturday from 2.30pm to 10pm.

Chris Davies, from Stevens Fun Fair, said the weather had been so bad over the past couple of weeks that local people hadn’t had much of a chance to come along and enjoy the rides.

He said: “The weather has been that bad that the public haven’t had a chance to enjoy the fair.

“We went to the council and asked if we could extend our visit by another weekend and the council was very sympathetic, really good, and said yes.

“Every time the weather has been brighter the public have tried to come out but then the rain comes.

“It must put families off if they have got small kids.”

Mr Davies said people in Wellingborough were always pleased to see the Stevens Fun Fair, which has been visiting the town for decades, and had been as welcoming as ever this year.

He said: “They have been good, they have tried to come out wherever possible, it’s just unfortunate that it’s rained so much.

“Last year the weather was lovely, this year the weather is against us.

“Stevens has been coming to Wellingborough for a really long time and has always had a good relationship with the people of Wellingborough, they have always supported us very well.”

The fair will be charging £1 on all rides for the first hour tonight and tomorrow night, except for the dodgems, which will be £1.50 for the first hour each night.

The rides and attractions include a ghost train, waltzers and a skyrider, an arcade and trampolines.

Mr Davies said: “It’s supposed to brighten up by the weekend so the public might have a chance to enjoy it.”

He said Stevens Fun Fair was extremely grateful to Wellingborough Council for allowing the fair to extend its stay.