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They had run them since 2011, but decided to concentrate on their other events including a new fair launched this February at Nottingham Racecourse.

Step forward events organiser Louise Sweeney, who has a theatre and conference background.

As Sweeney Fairs, she is launching a two-day antiques and vintage fair at the 1930s Derby Conference Centre, on the outskirts of the city centre, with the first on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23.

Sweeney said: “I have friends in the antiques trade who regretted that there was no longer a fair in Derby and said that, with all my experience, I should organise one.

“So I am hopefully filling a slot in Derby in response to demand.

Some stallholders from the local Heanor Antiques Centre will be there, plus Love Collectables from the West Midlands selling Worcester pieces and antique jewellery. I am anticipating upwards of 40 stallholders and for this to build up every day.”

The Grade II-listed Derby Conference Centre was constrcuted in 1937 as the first purpose-built training college for railway staff.

Contact Louise Sweeney at sweeneyfairs@hotmail.com.