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The events in Flitwick and Woburn in Bedfordshire have been running for around 45 years. So that would be the mid-1970s when the average house price was £19,925 and avocado was the must-have colour for bathroom suites.

The full-time dealers buy and sell an eclectic range, from small silver collectables and jewellery “to architectural salvage and anything that takes our eye in between”.

The Carters have also run both fairs for nine years and are restarting their Woburn fair in the village hall on Sunday, October 10, with around 30 indoor dealers.

The Carters made a comment which many fair organisers would identify with, saying: “Our fairs are a special part of our lives and our dealers and buyers are like an extension of our family.”