Dorking Halls Antiques Fair. - a Memory of Dorking.
I run the Dorking Halls Antiques Fair which, this year, (2016), celebrates its '40th Anniversary'!
As part of the celebrations I researched the fairs history, its relevance within the community, the venue it has inhabited over the last four decades; 'Dorking Halls', & collated stories of the fair from past visitors / stallholders.
It has been an enlightening exercise exploring how the antiques trade evolved in Dorking as early as the mid 1800's and more formally in West Street from the 1930's. The Dorking Halls was built in 1931.
The Dorking Halls Antiques Fair opened at the Dorking Halls in 1976 by the doyen of fair Organisers Margarethe Browne (1931-2014). This long established monthly antiques fair has generated quite a local / national following which today continues to receive visitors who attended in the 1970's, now their children & grandchildren!
Quite an achievement for any event and still going strong, thank you.
A memory shared by on Sep 21st, 2016.
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