Crowds flock to enjoy all the fun of the fair

Funfair at Abington Park
Funfair at Abington Park

THRILL-SEEKERS of all ages turned up in their droves to sample all the fun of the fair in Corby at the weekend.

The traditional Stevens’ Funfair pitched up at Corby’s Abington Park at the weekend for its grand opening after being delayed a week by the wet weather.

Despite grey skies, scores turned up to try out thrilling rides like the fair’s new full-size Wild Mouse rollercoaster or the 33m Skyflier, but also more family frien;y attractions like the waltzers, dodgems and a helter skelter.

Elaine MacNamee, 50, of Greenhill Rise, Corby, said: “I’ve been coming to the fair as long as I can remember but it’s something to take the grandchildren to now.

“There’s a lot of people down here even though the weather isn’t very nice, and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.

“I’m coming back later on in the week and the kids are really looking forward to it.”

Dean Marston, 35, of Newtown Crescent, Uppingham, said: “There’s a lot here and the kids were really excited to come down and have loved the rollercoaster and ghost train.

“It’s good for the town that this sort of thing is going on.

“Plenty of people have come down to see what’s on offer, which is nice to see.”

Lorraine Nicholls, 41, of Studfall Avenue, Corby, said: “I’ve been coming here for the past five years, the children love it.

“We’ll be going on most of the little rides I think and hopefully we’ll be able to win some toys.”

The fair was officially opened by town mayor Gail McDade at 2.30pm on Saturday, a week later than planned because the field was waterlogged.

Speaking on Saturday, Charmaine Stevens, director of Stevens Amusements Ltd, said: “We had a good turnout on Friday night and again on Saturday, even though the weather has not been great.

“The weather is looking to be warmer next week so that is when I would think the crowds will pick up.

“With rising fuel costs we’ve tried to bring people a theme park to their town, and there were lots waiting for our rollercoaster on Friday.

“We’ve been coming to Corby for around 60 years and have always had a good response from the public here.”

Entry and parking is free, and the fair is open from 5.30pm to 10pm on weekdays and 2.30pm to 10pm on weekends. It runs until Sunday, May 27.