The Winter Gardens Creatives Fair last weekend was a first for organiser, Robin Ross, and his right hand man, Ben Swift. Judging by the sales and compliments from customers, it certainly won’t be the last. Business was steady at first, but picked up as the rain fell relentlessly outside and visitors sought refuge inside the building. There could not have been a greater variety of goods on show. Huge, fruity scones and cakes oozing cream were the first hurdle for those not wanting to spoil their lunch. Vintage coats and jewellery jostled for space with carefully carved wooden toys, tiny knitted bootees (complete with knitters), pictures, prints and any number of home sewn toys. There certainly was something for everyone.
Arranged around the curved hall, with the glorious stained glass roof and the magnificent architecture, the stalls were a credit to their owners. The banter and camaraderie between stallholders added to the carefree bank holiday atmosphere, with goods being exchanged, coffees bought and stalls watched. Even the odd drip from the Winter Gardens roof could not deter enthusiasm.
As the stalls were packed up at the end of a busy weekend and there were calls of, ‘See you next time,’ I decided there were far worse ways to spend a bank holiday. I counted out my earnings and made a mental note to be free in August when it happens all over again.
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