The Fun o’ The Fair

The Fun o’ The Fair

The small town of Bo’ness in Scotland is home to Europe’s largest children’s fair, taking place on the last school day of the academic year. Fair Day is seen as the best day of the year by the people of the town who often turn out in their best clothes to watch the ceremonial crowning of the Fair Queen and the carnival style parade through the streets.

I made this film with sound recordist, good friend and native Bo’ness-ian, Stacey Berry, in 2008 – the year of the 100th Fair. The 2 of us spent a few days in the town in the days before the Fair, meeting the incumbent Queen and her family, along with former Queens, the leading boy – the Fair Champon – and a number of other townsfolk. Our film captures the magic of the day and explores the history of the Fair and the tradition of building giant ‘arches’ to celebrate a child’s involvement in the festivities.

The whole film is 28-minutes long, split into 2 halves and you can watch both parts here.