Firstly, the Arms Fair took place a few days after the sad death of Barry who was a friend and colleague of Barry Ryan from Platoon Militaria of Bury, Lancashire.
Many people knew Barry and on behalf of all his friends we offer our sincere condolences to his family on their sad loss, he will be missed, but never forgotten.
We offer our apologies to the people who missed the Fair due to the sudden closure of the Swallow Hotel . We were very lucky and were able to secure the Samlesbury Canberra Club, just a mile up the A59 towards Clitheroe for the fair until the end of 2014. Every effort was made to change every advertisement such as Facebook, Wehrmacht Awards, Milweb etc. but we could not change the regular advertisements like the Armourer, Classic Arms, Gun Mart, Britain at War as they had already gone to print and distributed. To try to catch all visitors John was stationed at the entrance to the Swallow Hotel giving out leaflets and directions to over 100 visitors who had arrived at the old venue. Many of our regulars nevertheless thought the venue was not going to happen due to the Swallow closing, hopefully they will see our new advertisements long before the next fair on the 11th August 2013.
Despite the above the fair was very well attended and we were made very welcome by Stephen Hill and his staff from the Canberra Club, Preston Arms Fair would like to thank them for making us so welcome and for all their efforts to make the fair a success at their venue. We look forward to building on the fairs reputation at the next event and we hope to have some military vehicles on show!
We hope to see you all there…..Happy Collecting and drive safely !