100/100 CHALLENGE 92: Midsummer fair

Day 92

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.

https://captaintom.org/

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.

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