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After the first of these Bingley Hall Antiques Fairs launched on June 15-17, IACF marketing manager, Grant Nicholas, said: “The weather wasn’t great but because the fair is held entirely inside it couldn’t have mattered less. The stallholders, both regulars and newbies, were very happy with the way the event was run.”

The organiser took on this event after Bowman Fairs withdrew from running the fair, which is currently held six times a year.

Regular stallholder Irene Homer said at the fair: “Everything has been run so smoothly. I’ve done pretty well for a first day so anything else will be the icing on the cake. It’s great that the fair will continue.”

Knowledgeable stallholders

Nicholas added: “We’ve changed the times that both buyers and stallholders enter the hall, saving them an extra night away from home and the expense that entails.

“The fair is obviously not as big as many of IACF’s other fairs like Newark and Ardingly, but what it lacks in scale and range it makes up for in quality and the attendance of knowledgeable and approachable stallholders.”

Nicholas said there has been a 40% increase in stallholder bookings for the August event and “we’re happy to say that almost all the regulars will be returning for the rest of the year plus a number of IACF regular dealers from other fairs”.

The next Bingley Hall Antiques Fair is on Friday to Sunday, August 10-12.