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Wigan Colliery Disaster 1914   Comments: 3
Photo: RON HUNT   Item #: 29398  
Wigan Colliery Disaster 1914

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  A postcard showing Nottingham Goose Fair. One of the attractions is advertising the'WIGAN COLLIERY DISASTER' Which disaster? Could be the Maypole? and what it was showing is anyone's guess. Seems very odd  

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Comments by Philip Gormley., 1st June 2017  
Ron - The main attraction appears to be President Kemp's 'Theatre Unique' Bioscope Show. Another almost identical photo (b/w) taken in 1909 - and probably just moments before the colour pic shown here had been taken, might go some way in identifying the Wigan colliery disaster. Further help might be had from John Anton's Fairground Amusements Heritage History site. Thanks.

Comments by Philip Gormley., 1st June 2017  
The wording on the 'headboard', above the Wigan Colliery Disaster banner, reads: John Proctor's Royal Bioscope.

Comments by steve nicholls, 4th June 2017  
Nottingham Goose Fair was originally held on the Market Square in the centre of Nottingham. It later moved to the Forest Recreation Ground on the edge of Forest Fields and is still there ever october and is reputed to be the biggest travelling fair in Europe. I can imagine there will have been an element of solidarity from the Notts and Derby miners given the extensive industry they also had

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