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Granny Ross's husband he had a roll a penny.
Mrs Arro came into Ings Library and brought in a family photograph and a book. She told a personal story of connection with the showmen at Hull Fair.
My Mum was born in 1898. She was adopted and her adopted mother married a fairman. His name was Ross, I don't know his Christian name. I just thought you might be interested to see a bit of a photograph. And then my Mum married a fairman.
So you've brought an old sepia photograph with girl and two women on it.
The young girl, that's my Mum.

That's my Granny in White, the one who adopted my Mum.

And that's one of the daughters, she had two daughters, to her first husband.
So this is your grandmother, what was her maiden name?
Pinder. She had two daughters to Pinder. Her first husband was Pinder. I don' t know what her Christian name was. Then she remarried Ross; my Mum never took his name at all. She was born Mary Annie Cowell. She was born in Evan on Tyne. Granny Ross's sister, one of her sisters, told my mum when she was this age [in the photo] that she was adopted. My mum didn't know till then that she was adopted. And her sister argued with Granny Ross and it came out that my mum was adopted. That's just little things that you pick up.
The Girl and the two women are standing, sitting outside a living wagon, isn't it? Your mum was 12 there?
Yes. 1910.
So this book is something else, you brought in
War Graves in the British Empire. 4th Part. From the Ps. Mum married Anthony Pagotta. So when he died my mum would be 20.
So your mum remarried then?
Yes, I don't' know how old she'd be 22 or 23 - she married my Dad. My Dad he had four children and his wife had died. Mum married him and had 8 more.
Did your mother go back to the fairground after that?
Oh we used to go every year. Used to go and talk to them. I can't remember a lot of them. Corrigans was the main one. Wrights who used to do the Brandy Snaps. But we used to go around a lot of them. Chicken Joe. We used to go, she used to go every year, and she would go round to the ones she knew that were still there and still alive. We never went into any living wagons we just went to the stalls. Granny Ross's husband he had a roll a penny, pennies rolling down, and my Mum used to be on that stall when she was young.
And what did you like going on when you were little?
The Shamrock. My eldest brother once took me to the fair and went on the dive bomber. I liked them dangerous rides. And the last time I went on the Shamrock I'd be about 50 I think but I still enjoyed it. Holding onto the netting, the ropes.
Thank you Mrs Arro for coming forward with your story. It just goes to show how close Hull and Hull Fair really are.