The only photograph I have of the Belle Vue Waltzer is one captured from a family video generously donated by my good friend Bill Bullock.
Unfortunately, this video has suffered from a lot of manipulation. The images started out in life as Super8 cinefilm. This was translated to video and then Bill went to some trouble to converted it from the British PAL system to the North American system so I could view it. The video picture was very much over-exposed and became even worse when I video-captured it. So take it for what it is and fingers crossed, maybe one day I will have a clearer image for you. You can see the Waltzer beyond the child's Monte Carlo Rally car ride.
Thanks to Bill Edwards of All The Fun of The Fair, The Web Site For UK Travelling Showmen & Fun Fair Fans, I do have some photographs of travelling Waltzers in the UK.
In June of 2001, Simon Reed wrote to me about a model he had made of the Waltzer that was located at Belle Vue. Simon wrote:
"I recently made a model of the Waltzer that came from
Belle Vue in 1/24th scale (1/2" to foot). When at Belle
Vue, it had the name Wadbrooks on the front and this was
shown in the Worlds Fair June 1-7th issues. I have an
e-photo of my model which is based on the ride as it was
when owned by Harry Parrish at Billing Aquadrome. It was
subsequently sold to Darren Mayne and you have a photo
of the cars on your site.
The firm of H.P. Jackson and Sons were based in Congleton, Cheshire and produced a number of different fairground rides during the period 1920 to 1995. One of their most successful products was their version of the Waltzer which was produced for some 35 years. The history of the Waltzer design goes back to between the wars when platform rides first began to appear in Europe and the UK. Several manufactures developed the idea and took licences on the various designs. Like most manufacturers, each Jackson's model tended to be slightly different than it's predecessor as technology and the individual clients requirements changed. These variations have left the UK with a diverse range of machines still travelling each with it's own history, design features and unique artwork.
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