This week-end the dodgems have been in town as they are here twice each year. They are always closed during the day so I presume they open in the evening, although as we never go into town in the evening I am not sure. Young people must use them otherwise it wouldn't be worth them coming. But it did get me thinking about the Fair when I was young.
The April Fair came to the South Common in Lincoln every year - it was huge. There were side shows - the tallest man, the fattest lady, the bearded lady and other grotesque things. There were a few very sad caged animals, which thank goodness is no longer countenanced. But what always attracted everyone was the rides. There were dozens of them: the cockerels and horses, the cakewalk, the flying chairs, the swinging boats, the big dipper; we would go on every one two or three times. And then, if we had any pence left we would use it up on 'roll a penny' and the coconut shy. That event and the Circus, which also came once a year, would be two of the highlights.
Now such things have almost disappeared. I wonder why. Are the young more interested in Computer Games or hanging about on street corners, or do they go into pubs at a younger age.
I sometimes think it is sad that young people don't enjoy these things except in places like Blackpool.
I'm not including circuses in this of course - they were awful things and are much better now that most of the acts involve very clever people doing very clever gymnastic things and leaving the poor animals out of it.
But it did make me realise just how much our use of leisure time has changed. So what do the young do these days?