Coconut shy, Mitcham Fair
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|Copyright 1||London Borough of Merton|
|Photographer / Origin of Photo||Tom Francis|
|Notes / History||Uttering the “Mitcham Whisper” Mitcham Fair, c.1890
Mitcham fair traditionally featured a large number of coconut shies. In order to beat the competition and attract customers over the noise of the crowds, stallholders developed a series of raucous trading cries, christened the “Mitcham Whisper.” A popular example was “Roll, bowl or pitch! Here y’are, three balls a penny! You knock em’ down, we pick ‘em up".