Spalding Toy Collector’s Fair

Oliver Simmonds finds something of interest at the fair. Photo: SG080215-145TW
Oliver Simmonds finds something of interest at the fair. Photo: SG080215-145TW

If you can’t beat them, join them – that’s the policy adopted by the wife of one of the exhibitors at Spalding Toy Collector’s Fair.

While husband Tony was displaying his die-cast models at the show held at Springfields Events Centre, his wife Annie Mason decided to premiere her own collectables, wooden picture engravings.

Chloe Mason with one of her mum's wooden picture engravings. Photo: SG080215-149TW

Chloe Mason with one of her mum's wooden picture engravings. Photo: SG080215-149TW

“She tried it out on Spalding first and was very impressed with the response,” said a family member of organisers J & J Fairs Ltd run by John and Julie Webb.

The fair is a traditional one for the town, held over many years, and the venue is one of just six this year, as the number of fairs has been pared down.

At Springfields, collectors could browse and buy toys old and new, trains, models and all manner of other collectables.

The organisers said: “We get a multitude of things at the toy fair because we get so many people who collect so many different things, but we always have plenty of die-cast models, trains and tracks.”

Once a Star Wars fan, always a collector. Paul Evans finds some 31in models at the fair. Photo: SG080215-150TW

Once a Star Wars fan, always a collector. Paul Evans finds some 31in models at the fair. Photo: SG080215-150TW

The fair also has someone selling sweets so that non-collectors can indulge.

The next fair at Springfields is April 12 (10am to 3pm).