A MONTROSE man has stepped in to save stamp and postcard fairs in Aberdeen that had ended after running successfully for decades.
The new Grampian Stamp and Postcard Fair will replace two events that had long attracted collectors but stopped last year within a few months of each other.
The local organiser, Chad Neighbor of North-East Fairs, runs fairs in Hillside and Broughty Ferry and received the backing of Aberdeenshire collectors and dealers across Scotland for the idea of semi-annual fairs in Queen’s Cross Parish Church Hall, one of the venues use previously.
Mr Neighbor told the Review: “I attended Aberdeen fairs as a dealer and found them to be more successful than ever and was dismayed to find they were being discontinued. Local postcard and stamp collectors and clubs quickly got behind the idea of continuing the events but turning them into semi-annual, regional and, I hope, bigger fairs.”
He says dealers from across Scotland have booked tables at the first new Grampian fair, at Queen’s Cross on April 30. Aberdeen looked like being one of the biggest cities in Europe without stamp and postcard fairs when Northern Fairs of England halted long-running events at the Hanover Centre and the owner of Cornucopia Collectors of Dundee retired from organising events at Queen’s Cross after 20 years.
The retiral of another organiser some years ago prompted the creation of North-East Fairs to take over events in Broughty Ferry and revive successful Montrose fairs that had proved to be too far away for the Lockerbie area dealer who started them. The three North-East fairs are the only regular stamp and postcard events in northern Scotland, although sellers of other collectables are welcome.
The next Montrose fair, at Hillside Village Hall, takes place this Saturday (February 26) from 10am to 3pm.
A newly uncovered First World War postcard of an aeroplane flying over Montrose Aerodrome will be among local items on display. In the message on the back, sent from Montrose on December 10, 1915, C.E.S. writes to tell Miss N.B. Veitch of Braehead, near Carnwath: “Will not be away till tomorrow night,” but there are no guarantees this is a piece of wartime drama.
Dealers from as far away as Teesside will attend, and anyone with collections they would like evaluated are invited to bring them along.
Tea, coffee and home baking will be on offer at a charity stall.