I remember both the gala and the circus visits - in what we used to call the "band stand field", next to the rose garden. The gala was a great day out, seem to remember it started with a parade with morris dancers - the girls with pompoms type, not the men with bells on their legs type!!! - that went along Liscard Road. Had my first go on the waltzers (hated it!) at the fair, loved all the sideshows and came home with many a poor, doomed goldfish. The Royal Iris bus was always there, and great fireworks at night (though probably pretty pathetic by today's standards...).