Showman Bobby Rawlins has died aged 92, with Mechanical Music Radio hosting a special memorial programme to honour the lifetime fairground organ enthusiast.
Rawlins, a former SGGB Showman of the Year, passed away on 16 October and was commemorated as “a true gentleman” by presenter and friend Paul Kirrage.
“Bobby was without doubt one of the great characters of the fairground business and fairground organ preservation world, and his passing will be mourned by many,” said Kirrage. “He was a great showman, in the true sense of the word.”
“All of the equipment that he presented was immaculate, from his wonderful juveniles and stalls to the magnificent galloping horses roundabout, complete with Gaudin organ in the centre which he travelled for many years and which was his pride and joy.”
Rawlins was best known for his Pride of the South roundabout, the only fairground ride to have been set up in Buckingham Palace for a charity fair, during which Rawlins was presented to HM The Queen.
“Bobby Rawlins was the definition of the word showman,” added Kirrage. “He was a lover of the fairground organ, he was a true gentleman, and he was a true friend to all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.”