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Devon-based Trident Exhibitions Ltd have bought the long-established Buxton and Surrey antiques fairs from Cultural Exhibitions although the latter will continue to participate in the running of the events.

Established in 1969, this is Trident’s first venture into the antiques trade. They mount specialist, niche trade shows in the industrial field, such as optics and electronics, with several annual events at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

The acquisition is seen as an opportunity for Trident to move into the high-value consumer and retail sector and a spokesman for the company told the Antiques Trade Gazette: “Antiques are a niche market and we are ready for a challenge.”

Cultural Exhibitions is owned by second generation Godalming dealer Roger Heath-Bullock and has been involved with Buxton for 24 years and Surrey for 34 years. The company will continue to play a leading role in the fairs, advising on such specific matters as vetting and liaising with exhibitors and sponsors.

Trident will manage administration, organisation, advertising and promotion. Mr Heath-Bullock said: “Our continued input will ensure that the standard of exhibits remains exceptional. Trident’s young and expert team will bring fresh ideas which I am confident will benefit both exhibitors and visitors.”

The 38th annual Buxton Antiques Fair will run at the Pavilion Gardens from May 11 to 18 and the 35th Surrey Antiques Fair at Guildford Civic Hall from October 3 to 6.