Steve and Dawn Diggins of Retrovation, with Phil Taylor, right, of Cool Stuff Across the Pond with their joint award for the best display at the Henley Décor Fair.

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“There were some multi-sales being done from the 180 exhibitors with buyers arriving by helicopter, boat and even an aerocar”, he said.

The plan had been to hold the tented event at the Greenlands Park site beside the River Thames but May’s continued rainfall, and an infestation of ducks and geese, entailed a last-minute move over the road to the Henley Showground.

“It was a desperate rejig two days before the fair to move it but it all fell into place. Everyone was so pleased that it was actually going to happen and exhibitors’ understanding and support was a major part in this event’s success.”

Wallis added: “Everyone has rebooked for the September 23-26 dates which will run at the original Greenlands Riverside venue.’’