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Ayr Fairground

Unedited footage/trims of young people enjoying the fair at Ayr

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These film trims intended for news inserts shows children enjoying amusement rides using general shots of children of various fairground rides including the rotating 'Satellite' ride and a merry-go-round, a motorcycle speedway ride with people of all ages under a covered shelter (the operating cab bears the name 'Frank Codona') and more shots of the 'Satellite' Ride, close up shots of a ball game with rotating clown heads and the Big Wheel.

Questions & Activities


  • Name the rides you can see. Are there different names for the same rides?
  • Name all the rides you have been on at the fairground.
  • What other attractions does a fairground have other than rides?
  • Do you think the opening is relevant to the rest of the film?


Design a new fairground ride. Take into account health and safety, how the ride will be powered and how it will be taken apart to travel the country.

Design an advertising campaign to promote this new ride.

Compare the merry-go-round to the one in the Empire Exhibition Film from 1938. What are the similarities and differences between the modes of transport featured. Design your own merry-go-round thinking about the modes of transport we use today or could use in the future.

Research the history of fairgrounds and fairground rides.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-543-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref T0684
Date 1970
Genre TV News
School Subject Media Studies, Art and Design, Social History
Subject Matter Early Years
Who Scottish Television (production company)
Where Ayr
Event Fairground
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 5:27
Film Length 5:27