1970 — 1980
Hull Fair continued to flourish throughout the 1970s, the World’s Fair of October 20th 1973 stating that:
Hull Fair, which closed last weekend was acclaimed as the "greatest and largest in the United Kingdom"
The fair was for both business and pleasure and provided the opportunity for the community of showmen who spent much of their time moving on the move, to gather together. In 1972 (October 14th) the World’s Fair reported the following:
As it is one of the largest gatherings of amusements in the country, it is not surprising that numerous social functions are staged in conjunction with it. Yorkshire S.F.C. held the annual Hull Fair dance at Malcolm’s Disco, George Street, on Monday, October 2; on the Wednesday the annual Marshall Waddington open golf trophy was contested at Springhead Park, Willerby Road; and for a fitting climax The Social Guild of Yorkshire showmen have the new President’s Dinner and Dance at the Royal Station Hotel on Monday, October 16.
The fair was as popular as ever and as ever there were fears for its future. There was a great deal of redevelopment around Walton Street in the late 1970s and on 21st October 1978 the World’s Fair reported that:
The most noteworthy part of the Lord Mayor’s speech at the opening of the 1978 Hull Fair was a warning about the threat to the future of the event. Also with many of the streets surrounding the ground earmarked for demolition shortly, the pressure is increasing. There are, however, pressure groups apposed to the development of the ground — and they are also powerful.
Hull Fair has always been a mixture of the old and the new and the year of the Queen’s Jubilee was no exception. On the 22nd October 1977 the World’s Fair reported:
Hull usually provides some unusual and interesting machines and this year was no exception. Two Mont Blancs were present — those of Tommy Green and Albert Evans. both looked good and were riding extremely well. The Green machine is an early example, being built in 1933 for John Hoadley. The ride was dumped in a field after the closure of the Tower Amusement Park, New Brighton, in 1965, and much hard work has gone into rebuilding over the last two-and-a-half years. The Albert Evans machine is, on the other hand, a much later example, probably one of the last built, spending most of its life at Southend-on-Sea and being purchased almost exactly a year ago from Lancashire showman William Hill. In contrast to these two lovely old machines was R. Marshall’s L’Everest, a machine of continental origin, which was brought over about two years ago. Marshalls also had their Spanish Dodgems present for the first time.