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“What a mammoth 24 hours – we welcomed over 300 traders to our inaugural Sandown Antiques Market which included 30-plus outside traders and some indoor furniture pitches in the brasserie area which gave an extra level to the event.”

This is Edward Cruttenden of Sunbury Antiques talking about the launch of his monthly market at Sandown Park Racecourse on Tuesday, April 3, which will run alongside his bi-monthly events at Kempton Park.

He added: “Considering that we followed a run of fairs over the bank holiday weekend and Easter, the numbers were really pleasing with a steady stream of people all day.

“The feedback was equally positive, commenting on how well it was organised and what a general buzz there was about the place.”

Caught on film

The event welcomed guests from far afield in the form of NHK, Japan’s largest broadcasting organisation. They did some interviews with dealers and have arranged to come back later in the summer for more filming.

Cruttenden added: “So the general consensus was a big thumbsup. With over 90% having re-booked for our next event, we look to build on a great foundation with the continued support of the trade and general public.

“We will keep this as a free admission and free parking event just like our market at Kempton Park.

“A huge thanks to everyone who came and supported us – we couldn’t have done it without you. The future is bright.”

The Sandown Antiques Market will be held on the first Tuesday of the month with the next on Tuesday, May 1. The next bi-monthly antiques market at Kempton Park, run on the second and last Tuesday of each month, is on Tuesday, April 24.