A LANCASHIRE businessman has been appointed to lead the national trade association for the fun fair industry.
David Wallis was elected president of The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain at its recent Central Council meetings in London and will serve in the role for a three-year term.
David is a member of the Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales section of the Guild, which works alongside the city council to stage Preston’s annual Whitsuntide Fair. Representing the fifth of seven generations of the Wallis family that have made their living in the fairground business, David spent the earlier part of his life touring around the North West but in more recent years his touring itinerary has extended across the country and overseas.
“It’s an honour to represent my industry at the highest level and I am very grateful for the support of my family and showman colleagues,” says David.
“I hope that as well as catering to the needs of Guild’s 4,000 members I can also increase the profile of this safe, affordable form of family entertainment.” Current concerns within the industry in Great Britain include the cost of diesel (for both transport and generators), the provision of education for fairground children and the availability of sites for fairs and for showmen to live and store their equipment in the winter.
The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain has 10 regional offices around the country. They work with the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities.