After several months of planning the doors finally opened at 09-00hrs on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st May 2010 to an expectant crowd of in excess of 110 eager collectors/interested persons eager to visit the wide range of Militaria on offer from thirty eight of the UK’s best known Militaria dealers!
Preston Arms Fair had targeted several very popular magazines specializing in the collecting hobby which were:
The Armourer Price Guide
The current Armourer magazine
Classic Military Vehicles
Plus The Lancashire Evening Telegraph
The advertising for the forthcoming fair to be held on the 22nd August will have the original advertising plus “The Medal News” as well.
For the first fair over 2000 leaflets were handed out at military venues and suitable venues to attract as many people as possible, and recommendations from the first visitors to friends we are sure will increase the numbers for the next event.
Many of the dealers reported an excellent day of buying and selling and a high proportion of tables have already been re-booked, and we are looking at the floor plan to improve the table lay out for future fairs.
It is our intention to attract many historical vehicles to our fairs, we were very pleased to have an original WW2 Willis Jeep and two occupants visit the venue which attracted a lot of interest, on the 22nd August we hope to have an original WW2 German Kettenkrad owned and restored by Paul Marshall over the past few years on view. This amazing vehicle type was specifically designed for the Luftwaffe for the battle of Crete 1941 and is extremely rare.
We at Preston Arms Fair thank all who made this first Militaria fair the success it was, and we will strive to improve the fair for everyone’s enjoyment.