Alan Gunston of A.G. Collectibles, Carlisle Toy Fair Organiser
The March Fair was full of interest with lots of classics.
Sunday 23 March proved to be the best Carlisle Toy Fair yet with more than ever collectors attending on what turned out to be a glorious sunny (if not a little chilly) Cumbrian Spring day. Most stall holders have provisionally signed up for the next event on Sunday 28 September 2014, having had a worthwhile day.
A few eager collectors who couldn’t wait for the official 10.30am opening time, took advantage of the Early Bird tickets and snapped up some early bargains. The first two hours were particularly busy with a few hundred people eagerly looking for that scarce item for their collection or the latest releases from the big (and small) names in die cast and model railway manufacturers.
Plenty of bartering and model exchanges were reported between stall holders and public alike across a whole range of model collectables. Chris Hamilton’s (Callander Toy Museum) four foot wooden model of a navy gun boat proved too much of a temptation to live steam collector Blaire McIntyre who, despite wife Lesley’s concerns, ensured this item would be returning to a new home across the borders.
Bob Harwood’s Hornby O gauge Classic Jouet De Francaise 1950’s and 1960’s model railway at Carlisle Toy Fair on 23 March 2014
To capitalise a good day for all, the local press arrived in the early afternoon to capture the mood and variety of the event. Bob Harwood’s Hornby O gauge layout and the North Eastern/Cumbrian Meccano Society provided a great subject matter to visitors and collectors alike and the organiser was informed that a feature item would appear in the Cumberland News’ – News and Star the following day.
Some of the many and varied vintage model vehicles at Carlisle Toy Fair.
As always, the H&H Exhibition Hall/facilities and catering proved to be very popular with everyone (icing on the cake!) throughout the day. There is little doubt that the growing success of the Carlisle Toy Fair can also be attributed to the management and staff of H&H Group Plc. who provided such good support.