Monday, 15 August 2022

Fine start for vintage fair

MORE than 3,000 people attended the first vintage and antiques fair on the Stonor Park estate.

MORE than 3,000 people attended the first vintage and antiques fair on the Stonor Park estate.

There were about 200 stalls selling a range of goods including clothing, radios and gramophones, old comics and annuals, books, jewellery, ceramics, toys and musical instruments.

Tom Ligertwood and Jack and Marge Smith, from Oxford, were selling military memorabilia and exhibiting their 1952 Willys M38A1 US Army Jeep and trailer.

Other stallholders included Henley town councillor David Eggleton, who was selling second-hand furniture and assorted historic artefacts.

Colin Henwood, of Henley boat builders Henwood & Dean, was offering old tools and nautical memorabilia. A small merry-go-round was set up for children and there were food and drink stalls run by local businesses including Luscombes at the Golden Ball in Lower Assendon.

There was also a classic car show run by the Abingdon Works Centre MG car club. 

About 100 MG owners attended with vehicles dating as far back as the Thirties.Â

The sale was sponsored by removals firm Wilkins of Henley, which displayed two of its old- fashioned vans on the site.

The organisers hope that the fair will become a regular event — the next is likely to be held in September. The Hon William Stonor, son of Stonor Park’s owner Lord Camoys, said: “We were over the moon with how it went.

“It was our first one and people always say they’ll come but you never know until the day.

“The weather was glorious, there was a constant flow of visitors and the sellers were absolutely delighted.

“They wanted us to run it every Sunday but we wouldn’t do that as it needs to be a special occasion.

“Next time we plan to get more food and drink stalls as we really hadn’t expected that many visitors. It would also be nice to expand on the children’s rides. 

“We want to make it the best vintage and antiques sale in the area.”

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