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The first of the organisers’ three-day Bingley Hall Antiques Fairs runs from June 15-17.

Fairs at the showground, held six times a year, were launched by the late Elizabeth and Peter Bowman in 1978, later joined by their daughter Helen and her husband Ben Wray in 1995.

Wray’s health prompted the couple’s decision in March to cease running the fair.

Talking to ATG, Wray said: “I am increasingly unable to put in the 16-hour days needed to run the fairs.

“I am sad that Bowman Antiques Fairs at Bingley Hall has come to an end but it is now beyond our capabilities to run a fair of this magnitude as we would wish.”

IACF managing director Will Thomas said the firm was “looking forward to welcoming the regular stallholders and visitors at the Staffordshire showground”.

Bingley Hall will follow IACF’s Shepton Mallet weekend format (Friday-Sunday), with stallholders setting up on the Friday morning and buyers being admitted from 12 noon.

Helen Bowman and Ben Wray will continue to run the Yorkshire Flea at Skipton.

"It is now beyond our capabilities to run a fair of this magnitude as we would wish