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Do you remember
Street Entertainment: .......
That was the order of the day and was a source of income  
for  the more energetic.
Do you remember
The Hobby Horse Man: “Penny a ride” was the cry of the Hobby Horse Man. If you haven't got a penny a hapney will do to board the brightly painted hand made revolving wooded horses and cars mounted on the back of his cart and the we fat man usually forgetting to stop turning the big iron wheel until you thought your head was going to spin off.
Click Here for Mickey Marleys Roundabout images
Do you remember
 The Ragman:
The drone of the Rag Merchant “Any Oul Regs or Delft” In and out the little streets he and his pony and trap with its rubber wheels would go complete with his large wicker basket and boxes of toffee bars (Penny Dainties) and balloons for the children in exchange for the old rags. Click Here for The Ragman Images
Do you remember
The Tall  Tumbling Baldy Man: Was  the inebriated all dancing all singing baldy man as he was known with his tattered hat shabby overcoat and rolled up trouser legs.
He would put on a show of  acrobatic dives usually into his hat and cartwheels in the middle of the street. Most of the time without success he rarely flinched as he recovered to try again. After several tosses and turns  he would then stand silently for a short time and then suddenly burst into his marching song with his very strong baritone voice at the same time holding out his battered hat to anyone who cared to toss a coin into it.  He would then walk calmly down the street oblivious to his surroundings and tip his hat to any passer by.
Do you remember
The Mobile Street Traders :
The Fish man: “Herrins Aley Ardglass Herrins” Every Friday the lilt of the fishmonger as he arrives with his two  wheeled handcart in the little streets. At the back end of the cart were lots of old newspapers which were used to wrap the fish in.
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