Town fair goes on after man’s death

VISITORS to a fair have paid tribute to a worker who was killed as he helped to set it up.

Patrick O’Brien, 46, was setting up the Stevens fun fair in Bassetts Park, Wellingborough, at about 6pm on Wednesday when he was involved in an incident with a reversing lorry which was carrying a ride.

Mr O’Brien, from Shoreham in West Sussex, worked for the fair for more than 20 years and organisers vowed it would go on because it was what he would have wanted.

It opened on Friday with a firework display to mark the royal wedding. A minute’s silence was also held for Mr O’Brien and a book of condolence was opened.

Fair organiser Charmaine Stevens said: “We had a good response to the fireworks, people came out to support it. We had a minute’s silence in memory of Patrick which everyone observed really well. We have got a book of condolence and people have been signing it.”

Mrs Stevens said the people of Wellingborough had been very comforting.

She said: “We have had a lot of cards and I would like to thank everyone in Wellingborough for being so kind.

“Everyone has been very considerate. It’s a very bad time for us. We have had a lot of support.

“The show must go on, I know Patrick would have wanted it to go on.”

Chloe Marlow, 19, of Wellingborough, was among the crowds at the fair on Saturday. She said: “Coming to the fair is a really good day out with your friends, it’s really good fun and we come every year. I knew the man who died but it was an accident and it has not affected the running of the fair.”

Rachel Harrison, also of Wellingborough, took her three young children along.

She said: “I used to come to the fair when I was younger. The children really enjoyed the rides.”

The popular fair will end on Sunday, May 8.