Scarborough Fair Collection

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Scarborough Fair Collection
Established 2008
Location Lebberston, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Type fairground organs, mechanical organs and showman's engines
Director Kevin Grunill
President Graham Atkinson
Public transit access Scarborough railway station
Website Scarborough Fair Collection

The Scarborough Fair Collection is a museum of fairground mechanical organs and showman's engines, located in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, one of the largest collections of its type in Europe.

Farmer turned entrepreneur Graham Atkinson is the owner of the Flower of May holiday park, in Lebberston, who wanted to both indulge his passion for fairgrounds and entertain his holiday park clients. Starting his collection in the late 1980s, the attraction was occasionally open to holiday park residents and enthusiasts until its formal opening in 2008.[1]

The Iron Maiden at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, 2007

The collection spans vintage cars, miniature vehicles and model railways, but the three cores to the collection are:

  • Steam engines: four showman's engines, including The Iron Maiden; a Foden steam wagon, and a Barrows and Co. portable engine
  • Fairground rides: including a (circa) 1893 gallopers ride and a 1928 'caterpillar' ride
  • Mechanical organs: including the 97-key 'Oktoberfest' Gavioli Concert organ, and the 101-key Hooghuys 'Condor' organ

There are two theatre organs that feature during open days and weekly Wednesday afternoon tea dances from 13:00. Both instruments are "Mighty" Wurlitzers of 3 manuals and 8 ranks (of pipes) with specifications:[2]

  • Granada Theatre, Greenford: English Horn, Tuba, Diapason, Tibia Clausa, Saxophone, Gamba, Gamba Celeste and Flute
  • Granada Theatre, Mansfield: Style 'D' Trumpet, Diapason, Tibia Clausa, Clarinet, Violin, Violin Celeste, Vox Humana and Flute

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Laura Crothers (17 April 2008). "Fairground collection set to entertain". Scarborough Evening News. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Cled Griffin. "Scarborough Fair Collection". fsnet.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 

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Coordinates: 54°14′06″N 0°20′24″W / 54.235067°N 0.33989°W / 54.235067; -0.33989