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Green Deserts Fair.

Probably held at Thorpe Woodlands

Thetford .or Rougham .

6-10 September 1985

Barsham 1986

© Traveller Dave

   These were probably the last of the Green Deserts Fairs , originally held at Rougham up until 1982 ,when the event bacame too large for the village to handle . Green Deserts charity continued to hold smaller events such as this after 1982 and there are reports of a Fair being held in 1986, but this could have been the last time this event was staged. A great pity.

   A warning was sounded in the program for the 82 Fair, but it was not heeded sufficiently for the event to be repeated on that site.

Only a few hazy memories I'm afraid .. too many hash cakes the friday , too many hot tongs saturday !!
But remember a very laid back atmosphere with even mr & mrs local plod bimbling around the site like other visitors .. examining the various stalls, watching the performances ...


© Traveller Dave


© Traveller Dave


© Traveller Dave


© Traveller Dave


March Hare Travelling Stage with unknown combo © Traveller Dave


Mutoid's vehicle © Traveller Dave

Rougham 1981

Rougham 1982

Visit the East Anglian Tree Fairs site for more on Rougham and other Fairs

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Free festivals and small fayres held in the United Kingdom between 1967-90.




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