FAIRGROUNDS with their thrilling rides, tempting candyfloss and amusement machines are a feature of many happy summer memories.

Today's rides are more high-tech and the slot machines seem to take at least 10p now - rather than the old bronze pennies.

However, there is a chance to try out some of the traditional rides at a vintage fairground being set up as part of the annual Vintage by the Sea event at Morecambe on Saturday and Sunday, September 2 and 3.

There is also a classic car show and a vintage marketplace.

Today's pictures show fairground visits to Barrow and Millom and a range of old "Slotties".

One is in working order at the Wirral Transport Museum at Birkenhead and the others are part of a working vintage collection on Southport Pier.

Collector Clive Baker has his amusement machines out for the public to enjoy at Southport as part of the National Museum of Penny Slot Machines.

You can exchange modern 10p coins for original pennies - some a century old - to feed the veteran machines.