Whiteleggs Funfairs Limited

Published: Wednesday, 02 September 2020

Bartle's Amusement Limited/Whitleggs Funfairs Limited.

Bartle's Amusements Ltd was registered as a Limited Company in April 1964 by Vivien Bartle. The business grew from the Roller Skating rink and arcade in Camborne although I am not sure if they started travelling amusements before or after the Skating Rink.  However, as the company grew it took on a yard (rented from the Gas company) at the bottom of Tuckingmill that used to be used by T.Whitelegg & Sons for a presentation in May.   

We have recently found photographs of the yard and some of the lorries and a dodgem track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photos above were probably taken in the early 1980's or late 1970's and by this time Vivyan Bartle had purchased the Regal cinema at Redruth - the first film he showed was ET in Nov 1982. At about this time this original set of equipment was sold to Ireland with the Hoop-las and other side shows and the transport went with it.

I am sure that there are lots of stories about the Skating rink, the Regal and other ventures including subsuming the Whitelegg's Funfairs name when in 2001 Bartle's Amusements changed it's name to Whiteleggs Funfairs Limited.

Image: Whiteleggs Funfairs at Helston in 2006: (C) Simon Reed

 

Whiteleggs Funfairs Trabant Helston Flora 2002 (c) Mike Bartle 2002

 

In 2004, the firm purchased Mark Williams Supercar Dodgem track and used it down at Marazion for a few years on the same spot. This was put in store when Vyvyan's son Mike Bartle went to Australia and was scrapped in the late twenty-teens.

 

 

Whiteleggs Funfairs Trabant Ride and transport 2002 (c) Mike Bartle 2002

This picture is of the ERF that was used by them for a small period of time, a truck that was then retired and replaced by one of David Rowland's son's lorrys.

Whitelegg Funfairs ERF at Falmouth Moor. Photo (c) Greg Peters 2002

The company worked throughout the early 2000's often touring with Phil and Anne Raymond and had purchased Joey Stokes Dodgems. The Trabant was sold on to a couple of Showmen spending longest with Cornwall Funfairs, before reappearing in 2007 with the firm. At the end of 2007 a grasscutter Twist was purchased although it never opened with the firm. Bartle's also had a  Fun house, Kids paratrooper and Octopus.

 Having built the firm up over several years the operation ceased in 2008 when Mike Bartle and family members emigrated to Australia.

The rides were put in store and only recently scrapped or disposed of.

 

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