The Rainham Spectacular was a fair that took place during the 1970s and early 1980s in Cozenton Park Rainham to raise funds for the Community Association. The first Rainham Spectacular was in May 1972 when it cost 10p for admission as can be seen in the poster below. Events took place at a similar time each year into the 1980s.

The programme for 1973 included Naval gun teams, miniature train rides, dog show, gymnastic display, vintage cars and sky divers as well as stalls and shows run by over 50 local organisations. By now the cost to enter was 15p (1970s inflation!) and it was estimated that nearly 20,000 people attended and raised £1200 for the community centre.

Rainham spectacular 1981 news clipping thanks to Steve Chinn

Newspaper clipping of Rainham spectacular from 1981

Newspaper clipping of Rainham spectacular from 1981

 

Miss Rainham competition winner Kim Unger at Rainham spectacular from 1981

Jubilee edition of the Rainham Spectacular programme from 1977 thanks to Dave Alcock

Jubilee edition of the Rainham Spectacular programme from 1977

Miss Rainham Kim Unger at Rainham spectacular from 1981

Miss Rainham Kim Unger at Rainham spectacular from 1981

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