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Two fairgoers injured on Freddy's Revenge

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 22, 2011

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TWO PEOPLE were injured at Barnstaple Fair last weekend when part of a ride collided with their speeding carriage.

The man and woman, believed to be in their late teens, had been on the Freddy's Revenge ride when a lighting column fell off and hit their cart.

The incident happened around 11pm on Saturday, September 17, shortly before the fair was due to close.

The pair were treated for leg injuries by members of the St John Ambulance before being taken to North Devon District Hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known.

Eyewitness Andy Parkhouse stood back in horror as he watched his nine-year-old daughter Beth on the ride when the incident happened.

He said: "At first I thought a cart had come off so I ran over to see what was happening.

"When I looked closer it was clear that a lighting strip had flown off and hit two people on the ride.

"I was terrified something might have happened to my daughter but fortunately she was okay. She was very lucky."

When Beth came off the ride, ambulance staff told Andy she was in shock and wrapped her in a foil blanket.

Andy said: "She was petrified and came off screaming and shaking.

"I was extremely angry and went to confront the man who was running the ride.

"He offered me a refund but I told him where to stick it. I was furious."

Robert Kefford is the responsible person for Barnstaple Fair acting for the Showman's Guild which organises the event.

Robert said: "The Guild is aware of the incident, I was nearby when it happened. It appears a lighting strip fell off the ride and hit one of the moving carts. A man and woman were injured as a result.

"The ride owner has submitted a report to the Guild and the incident will also be reported to the Health And Safety Executive."

Freddy's Revenge was manufactured in 1991 and has been a staple of North Devon fun fairs for the past two decades.

Each year fairground rides undergo a test, similar to a car MoT, to ensure they are running safely.

Robert said all the rides at Barnstaple were also checked on site before the fair opened.

He said: "This is obviously extremely regrettable.

"We do our best to ensure people's safety. In fact, you are more likely to have an accident walking to the fair than you are on any of the rides.

"Freddy's Revenge is still running at a fair in Cornwall but it will be inspected by an engineer before it is used again."

Were you one of the two people injured on Freddies Revenge? If so, we want to hear from you.

Call 01271 347431 or email jcooper@c-dm.co.uk.

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