The fair used to come each year to Cambridge and set up on Midsummer Common. We were taught at school that it had been granted a charter by King John, and every year we went to what seemed magical and wonderful. We went on rides – my favourite was Jollity Farm, I loved the galloping horses! I remember the swing-boats, and the helter-skelter with the prickly coconut mats, the dodgems and the waltzer, the coconut shies, the smell of candy floss – I can almost smell it now – and watching it miraculously spun onto wooden sticks, toffee apples, goldfish in bowls…
April 30th 2021 would’ve been Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday; in recognition and in remembrance of his achievement, a new challenge was announced by his family. They challenged ordinary folk to complete a hundred somethings to raise more funds for The Captain Tom Foundation – ‘whether you bake 100 cupcakes or walk 100 laps – help celebrate Captain Tom’s achievements.’ The official ‘Captain Tom 100’ has now finished, but I’ve challenged myself to write a 100 word blog each day for 100 days. I started on May 1st and when I complete my task, I’ll donate £100 to his Foundation.
My fabulous featured image is by by friend the artist Frankie Partridge, who used to come with me to the Midsummer Fair. Her image is of the Nottingham Goose Fair.