Carol and Robert Pugh, directors of Towy Events which organises the Carmarthen Antiques and Fleamarket, have announced they are stepping down from running this event.
The event will continue at the United Counties Showground, organised by the United Counties Agricultural Society which owns and runs the venue under the name Flea For All, Towy Events’ banner for this event. Towy Events as an organisation, which at one time ran home and garden shows, will cease to operate.
Robert said: “It is nearly 30 years since our first inaugural fair at the showground. then under the banner of Towy Antiques Fairs. during which time the trade has seen many changes.
The original antiques events gradually emerged into the enormously popular antiques and fleamarkets of recent years.
“The recent pause in events due to the pandemic, with the showground being used as a testing/vaccination centre, brought us to the decision that fresh hands were needed to take the antiques and fleamarket forward.”
The last fleamarket was held nearly two years ago in March 2020.
The Pughs launched their first 60-dealer event at the showground in May 1993 with “lots of people coming to help including Caroline Penman who was in charge of the car park and Ann and David Stroud, who ran the Shepton Antiques Fair, helping out as well as taking a stand”.
Robert, a specialist in Welsh pottery, will continue to stand at the antiques and fleamarket which is renowned for its Welsh emphasis.
He said: “We are most grateful for the enormous support of all the dealers over the years as well as the many regular visitors who made the whole thing such a great success and who are no doubt keen for the fairs to return to Carmarthen once more.”