The new organiser of Kempton Park Fair has apologised to any buyers who turned up for his cancelled show.
Tristan Brittain had to call off what would have been his first event on February 4 because he couldn’t get enough dealers to make the event at the racecourse viable.
A major problem was that the date clashed with the long-established nearly month fair at Haywards Heath – which attracts a number of dealers who might otherwise have gone to Kempton.
The fair was advertised in the February PPM – which was distributed from January 24 onwards – but this March issue was printed three-weeks after February 4.
Tristan said: “I’ll have to put this one down to experience. I do have the two other dates for the year booked for June 18 and December 16 so I’m determined to try to make Kempton Park work.
“Obviously the dealers knew the fair was cancelled. My concern was any collectors who went along not knowing it was off. I can only imagine how annoying that was.
“But I had no way of letting everyone know. How could I? I would have no idea of who was planning to attend or I gladly would have telephoned every one of them myself.
“All I can say is that I’m really sorry. I’ll try to put on a fair to be proud of in the summer and before Christmas. It won’t be for the lack of trying.”