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A day off for Goose Fair
How we looked forward to that day and rejoiced in the fact we were the only pupils not to be at school. Most of us spent the day on the fair anyway, making our pocket money eke out to as many rides as possible with the odd toffee apple thrown in for good measure.
They were not allowed onto the site until Monday morning in those days and would queue up along Gregory Boulevard from Sunday night, awaiting "opening" of the Forest.
The rides are more exotic and daring now, and the sideshows have gone, but I still love the fair and its attractions, and although I only go to see Rose now, I still remember the old days with fondness. I wonder if any other 'old Manningtonian' has fond memories of those days?
And we would stand on chairs to look out the front windows of school and watch the rides in between lessons that afternoon. The noise was incredible and it was difficult to concentrate on work. Some of the teachers would allow us to take a few minutes out of the lesson to watch the rides, while other stricter ones would get very frustrated at us if we glanced out of the window and shout at us to focus on our work.
now allowed on before Monday as the disruption to traffic flow on a Monday morning must have been phenomenal.
The vans stretched all the way down Gregory Boulevard and along Nuthall Road to way beyond Western Boulevard and "kamikaze island", which is probably the reason they are Nike Windrunner Women's Jacket
In our third year at school we were allowed out and we couldn't wait to rush out of the gates and across the bridge, built for Nike Tracksuit Dri Fit
As first and second years we were not allowed out of the school at lunchtimes and would stand pressed up against the railings watching the fair vans setting up.
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How excited we all used to get when this week came around, because I went to the Manning Grammar School which, at that time, was situated opposite the Forest and faced the Goose Fair.
us to cross Gregory Boulevard in safety, and onto the Forest. And the excitement we felt, watching the rides setting up and sometimes getting "freebie" rides to test them out on the Wednesday before the fair officially opened on the Thursday lunchtime.
On the Thursday the Mayor opened the fair at 12 o' clock by ringing the big brass bell, and then the rides all started up.
off because we couldn't work for the noise of the fair something no other school in Nottingham got.
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