An interesting contraption – perhaps for an optician – shown on a table at the Easter edition of the biannual antiques and vintage fair held at Lamport Hall.

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The first one under with the new organiser takes place on Sunday and Monday, August 27-28.

Sam Halford of Stags Head said: “We are really looking forward to taking over this event in August. It’s a beautiful venue and a very popular fair for traders and visitors alike, with the standard of antiques available being very high.

“We have 63 indoor pitches which vary from a single to a large courtyard room, used for furniture pitches.

“We also have a number of covered shopping arcades and have doubled the usual amount of outdoor pitches in the courtyard.”

Stags Head Events runs fairs at five locations in Leicestershire plus one in Rutland and two in Northamptonshire now including Lamport Hall. The hall is a Grade I-listed building and was the home of the Isham family from 1560 to 1976.

Sir Charles Isham, the 10th baronet, is credited with beginning a tradition of garden gnomes when he introduced a number of the scary terracotta figures to his rockery in the 1840s.