Carter’s Steam Fair and a twelve-foot haddock

George was carving a twelve-foot haddock. A friend of my father’s, he had a workshop above a coffin-maker’s. East Coast Americans, he said. There was demand. Ever since then, I’ve had a thing about fairground art. So I like it when Carter’s Steam Fair comes to town. This was at the marvellous Paradise Gardens festival in Hackney, where there were also cardboard dogs, giant floral letterforms and an Emergency Exit Arts giant.

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