From medieval charter fairs to the pleasure grounds of Skegness and Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire has a rich tradition of fairs. It is also home to John H. Rundle Ltd, based near Boston for over 90 years and "recognised as the leading repair and renovation people for the traditional galloper" (also known as a carousel).
Times are hard, so many folks sayLiving hand to mouth, from day to dayBut just for a while put your cares awayWhen the gallopers come to townFrom Boston up to Grimsby town,Spalding, Spilsby, all aroundIt’s a breath of life for the old showgroundWhen the gallopers come to town
CHORUSWhen the gallopers come to townPainted hooves prancing up and downWith their colours so bright,Such a wonderful sightWhen the gallopers come to townWith heads held high they step so boldTheir paintwork shines in red and goldIt’s a proper treat for young and oldWhen the gallopers come to townRides and shows with lights ablazeHear the cries of the crowd as the music playsThere’s magic nights and golden daysWhen the gallopers come to town
... CHORUSAnd who’s for the life of the travelling fair?When your home’s a wagon rolling here and thereSee all the townsfolk stop and stareWhen the gallopers come to townBuild up, pull down, you need to be strongTry to keep your distance, we won’t stay longGone in the morning with a wave and a songWhen the gallopers come to town
... CHORUSAnd it’s more than money and it’s more than prideIt’s a free kind of spirit that you feel insideThat keeps you steady on the endless rideWhen the gallopers come to town