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Jigsaw 5

People have been telling us about the Goose Fair which is on for 4 days this week.

The Nottingham Goose Fair is one of the most famous and prestigious fairs in the UK. This much-anticipated annual event takes place over four days in the first week of October at the Forest Recreation Ground. Visitors travel from across Nottinghamshire and surrounding counties to enjoy fairground rides, burgers, hot dogs, candyfloss and to soak up the atmosphere. Interestingly, the Goose Fair started out as a trade event and known, amongst other things, for its high-quality cheeses. Historians think that the fair started around 1284 as city fairs in Nottingham started to appear in the Charter of King Edward I after this date. The name ‘Goose Fair’ is believed to originate from the practice of driving thousands of geese from Lincolnshire to be sold in Nottinghamshire. It is one of only three fairs in the UK to carry the name, the other two being in Tavistock, Devon and Colyford, East Devon. It has been held annually for over 700 years with its only cancellations being in 1646 during the bubonic plague and during World Wars 1 and 2.

so we caught the tram and off we went to see what all the fuss was about. Expecting to see some very old style carousels and fair ground amusements. WRONG!! we were more disappointed with the amusements than when we attended the world fair in Luxemberg a few years ago - it was also supposed to be a collection of the world's best amusements.

this carousel was the oldest looking thing there - everything else was what you would find in any fair ground these days.

We got back on the tram and played tourist, travelling the full length of the tram line both ways. Not a lot of interest to see but it was a day out.

This is Jigsaw No.5, by far the most challenging. I was very pleased tocomplete it. Now I havetogo searching for another to do.

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