Living on the
eastern edge of Swallowcliffe, Stephen & Vicky Postlethwaite
are busily occupied with period fairgrounds and decorative painting.
What started as a hobby has, over their 28 year partnership included
numerous projects from restoration of the 40 ton last travelling
Spinning Top Switchback down to a set of carbon-arc lamps that were
the first electric lamps to be seen on the streets in the 1850's
and widely used on the fair.
During the summer
months they operate some of the restored items at shows and are
in demand for creating scenes for TV & films. They have been
custodians of one of the top fair-organs in the country for the
past 25 years, it is a 98 key Marenghi owned by Anderton & Rowlands.
In the winter
Stephen is kept busy on renovation and maintenance and Vicky with
decorative painting (above). Vicky trained at art college and in
wood graining and marbling - both the realistic type and the wildly
exaggerated fairground variety.