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He bought oak and country furniture to ship back home from a number of dealers with promises to go back to their shops later.

Cheshire barometer specialists Derek & Tina Rayment had a particularly good outing and three or four picture dealers made notable sales.

While some silver and jewellery also found a market, this was not a fair to set the town alight, but enough of the 43 exhibitors said they wished to return next year for the organiser to book another fixture.

At the outset, Caroline was not expecting to repeat the fair next year but she has now fixed 2005 dates for September 2 to 4.