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Departures Bishops' Stortford...Arrivals Stanstead International

One of the longest established swapmeet in the UK calendar, which has been so successfully run by Brain Walters for over twenty years is about to change hands. Before moving on it is only right that we acknowledge the contribution that Brian has made to the world of Scalextric and slot cars and to thank him for his time and effort down the years in organising and hosting the Bishop Stortford event. In respect of this, Brian will have a presence at the event for as long as he wishes to do so.

At the end of the spring event, Brian approached Roger Barker, Mark Scale and Steve Cannon to see if we were prepared to carry on an event at the Rhodes centre Bishop Stortford - this location is widely regarded as one of the nicest venues for holding a swap meet in the UK.

Needless to say after a little negotiating a deal was done for us to take on this event. Several meetings and discussions between the three of us it was decided that we should look at the traditional format of swapmeets to bring something fresh and new to swapmeets to encourage prospective traders (however small) and potential customers back to live events.

The new Stanstead International swapmeet now has several different table tariffs which will appeal to all potential traders, both big and as importantly small. The event is initiating FREE table space to those for only having a small amount to sell - this takes the shape of just 1 metre of table space. Those wishing to be a little more adventurous for just £15 can have a full 6x2 table, which they can back with a like-sized table. Traders wishing to have more than one table will pay just £30 per extra table on top of the first table (for example, 2x full tables will cost £45, 3 tables would cost £70 etc). This represents fantastic value and moreover makes swapmeets very affordable for traders to attend.

Entry to the event for attendees is only £1 (under 16s free); there is no early entry for persons at the event prior to the doors opening other than for the trade. For anyone interested in attending this event or requiring further information, please contact Roger Barker on 07779642235 or e-mail at [email protected] Look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at the Stanstead International swapmeet at the Rhodes Centre, Bishop Stortford on the 16th October 2011.
 

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Pete Shepherd
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This is great news. I always used to like the swapmeet before the Rhodes centre was refurbished but since the work has been completed the swapmeet, for whatever reason, seems to have suffered. Your ideas certainly seem like a positive move and the stall prices seem good value, especially the free ones! I'll certainly be attending and may well take up one of the free stalls.

Good luck with the venture, I'll see you in October.

Pete
 
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