RAIL/BUS COLLECTORS FAIR
Barry Rennison has been organising Transport Collectors’ fairs for the Samuel Ledgard Society annually since 2004. The first was advertised as a Christmas event and attracted a modest 315 customers through the door with 47 traders manning 87 tables.
This event is now held annually, usually on the last Saturday in October at its usual location, the Pudsey Civic Hall. Attendance has now built up to in excess of 500 who are keen to root through transport memorabilia being sold by 56 traders from 111 tables.
Pudsey Civic Hall situated near Dawson’s Corner, Cote Lane Pudsey, near Leeds is simple to get to, access is easy and benefits from a large free car park which is situated adjacent to the hall. Tables and chairs are provided and refreshments are available to purchase from the snack bar, normally situated on the first floor.
There is a regular core of dealers attending and the tables are soon booked up before event day. Occasionally there is a waiting list for tables, but usually they are accommodated when a trader is unavailable due to problems.
The Rail and Bus Collectors’ fair is held at the same venue on the second Saturday of January and offers dealers and customers a chance to ‘blow the cobwebs off’ following their Christmas and New Year festivities. Twenty-one of these fairs’ have been held annually and, until his retirement in January 2016 had been organised by George Burbage-Atter.
George built this fair up to a be a successful and prodigious event in relation to attending dealers and keen collectors eager to add to their collections or just browse the stalls bulging with an excellent choice of transport memorabilia – be it air, sea, road or rail. In fact all manner of transport, you name it, it is usually on sale somewhere in the hall.
I am delighted to have taken over George’s event from January 2017 and giving it my full attention in the hope of building on its successes, making this and the Samuel Ledgard Society event two of the largest indoor collectors’ fairs in the North Of England.