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'I love doing it': Man brings grandfather's fun fair back to town after more than 30 years

PUBLISHED: 16:50 18 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:55 18 March 2019

Stocks Fun Fair at Bungay during the 1970s. Photo courtesy of William Stocks.

Stocks Fun Fair at Bungay during the 1970s. Photo courtesy of William Stocks.

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A fun fair which has entertained families for generations is set to make a welcome return to a market town.

Bert Stocks and his grandson William Stocks. Photo courtesy of William Stocks.Bert Stocks and his grandson William Stocks. Photo courtesy of William Stocks.

For William Stocks the fairground means one thing - family.

Since the 1800s his family have been travelling across Suffolk providing countless children with lifelong memories.

And after more than 30 years, Stocks Fun Fair will once again be appearing at Outney Common, in Bungay, from April 19 to April 22 and April 25 to April 27.

The family-run fair is last thought to have visited the town in the early 80s under the leadership of Bert Stocks.

Stocks Fun Fair as it is today. Photo courtesy of William Stocks.Stocks Fun Fair as it is today. Photo courtesy of William Stocks.

However it is now his grandson William Stocks who runs the show.

And following advice from his 93-year-old grandfather will be bringing the fair to Bungay next month.

Mr Stocks, from Leiston, said: “That’s how this all came about; it was his suggestion.

“He thinks it is great and hopes it is something we can build. There are a lot of people living in Bungay and there is nothing like this in the area.”

While Bert has since retired from the family business he is always on hand to guide his grandson.

Mr Stocks added: “The fairground of the 70s was aimed at a teenage audience, where as nowadays we cater for young families and children.

“The fun fair will consist of family rides, children’s rides, inflatables, trampolines, traditional stalls and games and a refreshment kiosk serving fairground favourites such as candy floss.”

The fair operates all across Suffolk and in parts of Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

While many attractions and events popular in the 1800s would fail to draw a crowd today – family fun fairs remain popular.

Mr Stocks believes the fun fair’s enduring appeal is found in its novelty, and of course, in the dodgems.

He said: “It’s because they are not overplayed. We are only at a place for one week of the year – so it always a fresh feeling.

“The dodgems are a fairground favourite and so traditional – 100 years ago it was the main thing and it still is now.

“It’s brilliant; it’s such a shame when there is a business that is up and going well but there is no one to take it on.

“I love doing it and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

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