George Scarrott with his sons George and Ben, at the Octopus, one of their fairground attractions
9th April 2013
POPULAR showman George Scarrott has died nine months after being diagnosed with cancer.
Mr Scarrott, 63, was a fourth generation proprietor of his family’s travelling fair, based at Royal Wootton Bassett, and will be sorely missed by many.
He served on the town’s carnival committee and was involved some years ago in providing and fixing small Christmas trees to the walls of the town hall – a venture shared with former mayor and friend Chris Wannell.
He also assisted with the High Street Christmas lighting for seven years
In 2000, he addressed a Government Committee at Westminster on the difficulties faced by travelling fairs due to development of traditional show sites and the scarcity of alternatives.
The House of Commons committee saw many letters of appreciation that George received from local authorities, show and carnival organisers across Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Berkshire.