A&R Model Show & Fair 2004
HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF FUN 1854 - 2004
Boasting a history that can be traced back to the middle of the nineteenth century, 2004 sees the well-known West Country amusement caterers Anderton & Rowland celebrate their 150th anniversary.
To mark the occasion, the firm decided to hold a celebratory event that took place alongside their huge summer fair on Torre Abbey Meadows, Torquay, on Wednesday and Thursday, 4-5 August.
The Wednesday was a preview day, mostly for the benefit of enthusiasts, whilst on the Thursday A&R there was a road run and a civic reception, at which they will entertained mayors and other dignitaries from around the West Country.
Heading the line
up of attractions was the A&R Marenghi Grand Organ, delivered new in
1906, and still owned by George DeVey.
Representing nearly a century of the firm’s transport was on show including a selection of the engines to have survived, and now in preservation.
Engine “Gladiator” courtesy of Dave Goodwin
Engine “Dragon”, courtesy of the Chamberlain family
Engine “The White Rose of York”,
Engine “Lion”, courtesy of Arthur Thompson
Engine "Vangaurd" owned by the Richards family
At night all 5
engines generated to run their own lights whilst the organ played into
Moving on to the
post-War transport, two of the firm’s Scammell Showtracs - “Gladiator”
delivered new in 1946, and still owned by George DeVey:
– delivered new in 1946, and still owned by Colin DeVey
Right up to date
was this beutifully lettered ERF Ttactor Unit owned by Rowland DeVey:
Lion and Dragon
getting steam up ready for the road run
A large marquee
was also set up on Torre Abbey Meadows for the model show and the Thursday
Dave Homers Speedway
Arthur Dykes Collection
of 1/50th models
Johns 1/50th Models
Huge display of
Scale model of
the Lion and a Golden Dragon Car
Carl Barlows Paratrooper
Carl Barlows 1/50th
The massive photo
history board in the marquee with tables ready for civic reception
One of the many
photos showing Nelson DeVey, George DeVey II and Ernie DeVey.
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