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Youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities have a day out at the fair in Spalding at invitation of Lions group




More than 200 children from across South Holland had fun at the fair in Spalding on Thursday.

Youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities accepted a joint invitation from Spalding Lions and Roger Tuby & Son Funfairs to have the rides of their lives ahead of the May Day Bank Holiday event.

The annual event, now in its 40th year, sees special schools in Spalding, Gosberton and Bourne send their pupils along to have a choice of up to 40 rides and attractions in Victoria Street car park.

Spalding Lions president Terry Patey with youngsters from Gosberton House Academy at Roger Tuby & Son's funfair on Victoria Street car park, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-020519-002TW
Spalding Lions president Terry Patey with youngsters from Gosberton House Academy at Roger Tuby & Son's funfair on Victoria Street car park, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-020519-002TW

Spalding Lions member Richard Pacey said: "It was one of the best events we've had, with quite a large number of pupils attending.

"We're there to be stewards, partly to help Roger Tuby and his team, partly to keep the public away.

"It was a very good occasion and we were lucky with the weather as the rain held off long enough for the the youngsters.

"Our president, Terry Patey and several members were there and we're most grateful to Roger and his team for their kindness in putting it on."

Roger Tuby Junior said: "My dad was a member of Doncaster Lions and, about 40 years ago, he got in contact with Spalding Lions to give free rides to underprivileged children in the area.

"I've carried it on and you could see the enjoyment and satisfaction that the carers got out of the children enjoying themselves.

"It's good that we can do this because in rural areas like Spalding and Bourne, children don't seem to get out to fairgrounds.

"So they are excited to see a funfair coming to town."



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