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He knows all too well that success in this business comes at a price. Wallis's election marks the beginning of a six-year tenure as President of the Guild, a trade body that's been in existence since 1889, and represents more than 4,700 showmen, usually the heads of families.
At the moment, there are rumblings about government proposals to prosecute travellers who do not send their children to school – an idea that does not sit very easily with the new president.
A fifth generation showman, he's taken fairs all over the world, to places including Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Iceland, Norway, South Africa and Dubai. but it's an old one." He says a showman might take £1,000 in a good week, but that must cover ground rent, travel expenses, taxes, living costs and, usually, the wages of his wife and children.
Closer to home, his company, Carousel Fun, has provided rides for big-name clients like Manchester City Council, Sky TV and Dell computers. When the weather is bad or the fair is up against a competing event, he might make much less.
Holland did the same for her own two sons, Austin and Mitchell.Educating them on the road means studies can be fitted around the demands of the business and wives can continue to work alongside their husbands.It puts a whole new emphasis on the idea of a family business.Despite the world around them becoming increasingly fragmented, family life for the showman still plays a central role.As soon as their children are old enough to push a broom or hand out tokens, they do.