Parents have had their say on whether they would be attending Hull Fair this year after a 21-year-old woman was flung through the air when she fell from the Airmaxx 360 ride.
The woman suffered injuries to her face, abdomen and leg after the restraint on her carriage “failed” – just moments into the ride starting on Monday night.
The victim fell about 15ft and hit a teenage boy as she crashed into the neighbouring Sizzler ride in front of horrified crowds. Incredibly her injuries are not life changing, Humberside Police have since said.
Today, as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) continue to investigate and the two rides remain closed, some parents have questioned the safety of the rides and said the accident has “put them off” the bigger rides.
But others have said they have told their children about the accident, and allowed them to make their own minds up.
‘It was a freak accident – it won’t put me off’
On Tuesday afternoon, parents visiting the fair had mixed views, with some saying they now do not trust the rides, and others saying it was a “freak accident” which won’t put them off.
Morgan Garbutt, 19, said she doesn’t feel safe on the bigger rides now.
She said: “I think I’d go on the bumper cars, that’s as far as I’d go now.
“A few years ago, I went on a ride. My seat wasn’t clipped in until I span around and clipped in.
“I went on another one and my bar was lose. It was last year and the year before. I don’t feel safe with these rides here.”
Julie Lammiman said: “I don’t trust rides on a van put up and taken down. A ride should be fixed to the ground.”
Laura Kendall, 32, of Cottingham, was at Hull Fair with her partner and 16-month-old son and said the accident has not put her off visiting the fair, just the big rides.
She said: “I’m obviously concerned about the poor girl, bless her, but it hasn’t really put us off because we are just coming for a wander around to look at food and that sort of thing.
“I don’t think I’d go on the big ones [rides] anymore.
“I used to like to go on them definitely but I think the more accidents that are happening, the more it is putting me off.
“It’s happened before. I’m sure something like this happens every year so it’s kind of expected.
“It doesn’t surprise me really because they put them up really quickly.”
However other parents at the fair on Tuesday said they do not believe there is anything wrong with the rides.
Petra Hearne, 43, said: “We are here from Ireland for Hull Fair. I grew up coming to Hull Fair. This is their [my children’s] first year remembering it.
“We don’t think there’s anything wrong with the rides. I think it’s a complete accident. I think it’s an awful accident.”
Jessica Morgan, 31, of west Hull said: “It doesn’t put me off. If I was going to go on a ride, it wouldn’t put me off. It’s usually a freak accident.
“If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. It’s unfortunately and I hope she’s OK. There’s just as much chance as getting hit in a car crash or by a bus.
“I think there’s probably more chance of something like that than falling off a fair ground ride.”
Speaking after the accident, devastated Hull Fair bosses say thrill seekers have more chance of being “struck by lightning in Sainsbury’s” than being thrown off a ride.
They have urged people not to stay away from the fair and stressed that people are safe.
Garry Leach, who is chairman of the Showmen’s Guild, says ride operators are “devastated” and said they will “get to the bottom” of what happened.
But discussing the issue on the Family News – Hull Live Facebook page, one parent said going to the fair was now “out of the question” and another said it has put her off “big time.”
Silvana Dinu said: “I was already anxious about the fair, but now it’s out of the question.”
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Donna Marie Grayson said: “I hate my kids going on the big rides and after what has happened to that poor woman they are not to go on any big rides any more.”
Kerry Anna Brown said: “Mine are 12 and 16, they won’t be going on any not, risking it.”
Charmaine Musgrove said: “I definitely will not be taking either of [my] kids to Hull Fair again!”
Lauren Curtis-Stewart said: “I’m normally a thrill seeker but this has put me off big time. I won’t let my daughter live without a mum just from a 2 minute ride. No thanks.”
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