The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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A new old carousel is turning not just heads in Carlyon.
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TV reporter Andy Price talks to fairground attraction owner John Lovett who has just purchased an old carousel as a seaside fairground attraction in Carlyon Bay. Lovett believes the carousel or merry-go-round was originally installed at Kew Bridge in the 1890s and the height of Victorian amusement. It would have been driven by steam and called a Galloper. The up and down and round and round was designed for adults, not children.
One of the ornate carvings is marked with Orton and Sons and Spooner of Burton-on-Trent. A wheelwright by trade, Orton joined forces in 1894 with Charles Spooner, a woodcarver and together they built some of the best roundabouts for fairgrounds. Carousels have an endearing quality, perhaps the scene in Mary Poppins where animation makes the fairground animals come alive has forced us to permanently equate them with having fun even if they look gaudy. The rides have not lost their charm. The engineering, carvings, artworks, decorations and piped organ music are now the subject of a museum, the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre holds the National Fairground Collection at Litton in Devon.