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AUGUST 2009 The Alford August Bank Holiday Craft Market
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A visit to a so called craft show can often be a disappointment for a visitor, especially when they have had to pay exorbitant entrance fees and are then confronted with a load of bought in gifts that claim to be hand-made. Thank goodness for the Alford Craft Markets which are set in the quaint little market town of Alford in Lincolnshire. The markets are run by a committee of craft workers in a non-profit making capacity; who only select original work from predominantly Lincolnshire artists. The August bank holiday fair is one of the highlights of the season, as it incorporates a mixture of unusual entertainment with a strong core of folk music.
|Exhibitors at the Alford Craft Market 2009
Many of the exhibitors have been coming to the show for years and have built up some unique relationships with the faithful crowd of Alford regulars. The village also has lots to offer the public in the way of antique shops and the five sailed windmill. The Alford Pottery on Commercial Road is run by the craft show founders Heather and Michel Ducos and is well worth a visit and the lovely Craftmartins shop can be found on West Street.
Recently I had a chat with Michel Ducuos about the origins of this country craft show. He informed me that in 1974 the little market in the centre of the village was struggling to survive. To safeguard the Friday markets he and his wife Heather and several craft workers in the area, began to sell their work alongside the small group of farmers. By the August of the following year the craft workers had increased to about thirty five and as a result were able to put on their very first bank holiday event. 2010 will be the thirty fifth anniversary that this show has been running and there may well be a few celebratory events being held at the Fair.
|By Tracy Wright 22nd February 2010