An incredible collection of model fairground rides is expected to fetch thousands at auction – after being discovered in a garage where they spent 20 years gathering dust.
The intricate working models were all painstakingly made by hand during the 1960s by the late Patrick Burton who built them as a hobby over a 40 year period.
They showcase some of most popular rides of the time in amazing detail – including the Cake Walk, Noah’s Ark Ride and Chairoplane.
All were scaled down to exactly match their full-size equivalents and contain hundreds of fully-working hand-painted components.
Each colourful model took Mr Burton two or three years to build and he worked only from drawings of the rides to create “Pat Burton’s Model Fun Fair”.
His son Michael Burton, a 58-year-old joiner and taxi driver, is now selling the replica rides for future families to enjoy following a lockdown clear-out.
They are expected to fetch over £3,000 when they go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, on November 24.
Michael, of Chaddesden, Derby, said: “Dad made models for more than 40 years.
“He started in his 30s with horse-drawn carts and wheelbarrows, that sort of thing, then moved on to fairground rides which he built for 32 years.
“After he died at the age of 73 in 2003 the rides ended up in a garage for nearly 20 years.
“We want them to go to a good home and be enjoyed again. Dad used to show them at steam fairs around Derbyshire.”
Patrick Burton, a former work study officer at Derby pipe-making firm Aiton’s in Stores Road, was born in Breedon-on-the-Hill.
He later moved to Melbourne and then Chaddesden and had five children with wife Peggy.
Michael said he remembers his dad returning home from work and building his models night after night on the family’s dining room table.
He added: “It was just something he liked to do.
“I think he found it quite therapeutic. He had a very understanding wife in our mum Peggy who’s 86 now.”
Steve Fulford, toy valuer at Hansons, said: “These fairground models are mind-blowing.
“I just can’t get over the detail, the care and attention – not to mention the enormous amount of time Patrick spent making them, hours and hours.
“It comes as no surprise to learn each ride took him years to build.
“They have hundreds of individual components and he made every one of them. We’ve had the fair rides working again and they are an absolute delight.
“There’s a fairground organ, too, and some trucks which are all part of the collection.
“They deserve to go to a new home and be seen and enjoyed again by as many people as possible.”
Three of the rides have an estimate of £700-£1,000 while a set of scratch-built fairground showman’s caravans and fairground organ have an estimate of £200-£300.