Banbury's annual Michaelmas Fair was as popular as ever, as Leanne O’Brien, six, and her sister Toni, nine, of Bodicote, showed with their huge balloons.

Thrill seekers had a treat in 1987 as a new ride was making its debut in the town.

Fairground boss William Wilson described the ride, called Rear Madness, as “20 experiences in one”. It had been on the road for only six weeks.

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He had advice for anyone fearing they could be in danger on it.

“If you take notice of what the attendants say and heed the warning notices, you will have a safe trip,” he said.

Another bonus for fairgoers was that the price of the rides at the three-day event was 50p or 60p, the same as the previous year.

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