Ain’t nobody here but us chickens
Tale of a fairground legend
Until the 1960s Chicken Joe was a legend in the North of England. Mention his stall in places like Hull, Leeds or Newcastle and people would tell you about the brown paper carrier bags of groceries topped with a fresh chicken. Some might also tell you about the weekly draw held at the end of a big fair when all the prizewinners’ names went into a hat to win a piano or a sideboard. Ask them who Chicken Joe really was and they wouldn’t have a clue; he was just Chicken Joe!