The Great European Carnival
Chanel Chipperfield, show woman
Henry & Channel Chipperfield,
"We've all got a connection to each other and to history. It's a little community that sticks together. It's not about the money, it's a lifestyle. You might be stuck in the mud for three days, in the middle of the field with no one visiting, you might see nights like we've had here with tens of thousands. We just love what we do. The Chipperfields started with shows, things like the menageries, freak shows - things that were popular way back then. We have a ticket at home that shows we were at a fair held when the Thames froze over in 1684, with a performing bear. The helter-skelter we have here was built in 1947. It was the first proper [thrill] ride, the first one all ages could sit on and it's the most popular one here. There's just something about traditions that people love no matter where you go."