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    They usually have a funfair though , isn't it called a Mop. These Mop/fairs were new to me when I first moved this way. I wonder how fairs were given that name?
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    I wonder when the rest of Blackpool pier's turning up: http://www.stratford-herald.com/68167-68167.html
    I've driven and walked past the wheel several times, at different times on different days. Hardly anyone seems to be using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finebyme View Post
    They usually have a funfair though , isn't it called a Mop. These Mop/fairs were new to me when I first moved this way. I wonder how fairs were given that name?
    A bit of information for you, Finebyme:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair

    And a definition from the Online Etymology Dictionary:

    fair (n.) Look up fair at Dictionary.com
    "a stated market in a town or city; a regular meeting to buy, sell, or trade," early 14c., from Anglo-French feyre (late 13c.), from Old French feire, faire "fair, market; feast day," from Vulgar Latin *feria "holiday, market fair," from Latin feriae "religious festivals, holidays," related to festus "solemn, festive, joyous" (see feast (n.)).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lex View Post
    A bit of information for you, Finebyme:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair

    And a definition from the Online Etymology Dictionary:

    fair (n.) Look up fair at Dictionary.com
    "a stated market in a town or city; a regular meeting to buy, sell, or trade," early 14c., from Anglo-French feyre (late 13c.), from Old French feire, faire "fair, market; feast day," from Vulgar Latin *feria "holiday, market fair," from Latin feriae "religious festivals, holidays," related to festus "solemn, festive, joyous" (see feast (n.)).
    Thanks Lex, but I was wondering how these fairs became to be known as 'Mops'. Is it a Warwickshire thing?

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    Thanks Rebbonk, that is fascinating, now I know the origins of the 'Mop' fairs.
    I never think of looking up Wiki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lex View Post
    I've driven and walked past the wheel several times, at different times on different days. Hardly anyone seems to be using it.
    The wheel's packing up early: http://www.stratford-herald.com/7615...s-turning.html

    I'm not surprised - no-one ever seemed to use it, the company must have made a huge loss. Good riddance to the damn thing!

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    It sounds like the wheel wasn't a great success: the financial return was summed up as “all right to profitable – at times.”

    http://www.stratford-herald.com/7669...stratford.html

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    If it was making money it'd still be there.

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    I walked past the wheel several times when it was there, and the people manning it looked bored out of their heads.

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    The promise of a fat wedge of cash will bring the wheel back. What a surprise: http://www.stratford-herald.com/7973...et-return.html

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    Deleted as I might well be on the wrong track.
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    Stratford's got the wheel for another 3 years. The new operators obviously offered more money than the last lot: https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news...ack-into-town/

    I'm so glad I don't live in the town any more.

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    Someone told me today that the new wheel looked like Blackpool Illuminations. They were spot on: https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news...vides-opinion/

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    I really feel that it cheapens the place.

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    It certainly does that, but who really cares as long as the council gets a big payoff.

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