Tim’s fairground attraction aims to help Queenscourt hospice in Southport

TIM O’Connor is hoping his passion for making model fairground rides will help raise much-needed funds for Queenscourt hospice.

The 54-year-old Skelmersdale man is planning an exhibition of his work at the Stanley Club in Burscough next month.

He has chosen the Southport-based hospice as the benefactors after Queenscourt cared for his wife in the last months of her life before she sadly passed away from cancer.


Tim, from Earlswood, will put on display his models of fairground attractions including waltzers, ghost trains and a moon rocket, based on rides from the 1950s and 1960s.

He said: “I wanted to do something for Queenscourt. I thought about doing a parachute jump, but decided on this event. I hope it is a success and something we can organise on an annual basis.”

Tim’s wife, Beryl, died last year. He added: “I looked after Beryl myself with the help of Queenscourt nurses. I wanted to use the models to do something good for Queenscourt and thank them for their support.”

Tim, a wagon driver at Martland’s Skip Hire, has been making fairground models for as long as he can remember and has exhibited his work at shows up and down the country.

The event will be sponsored by Silcock’s Amusements and Martland’s Skip Hire. He is hoping to recruit some more exhibitors and would like to see model boats and different forms of model transport at the show.

The event is on Sunday, March 12 from 11-4pm