A view of the JOS Oswestry fair.

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For the trade too there is a sense of a renewal of hope, with news from IACF of three antiques markets running in one week in April, for example.

Meanwhile, JOS Events in Shropshire is launching two new fairs to chime with B2B’s Malvern events.

Emma and Oli Jones of JOS Events are a couple who sold their antiques centre in Shrewsbury last year in order to concentrate on running their two events: the Oswestry antiques and collectors’ fair at the West-Mid Showground, Shrewsbury, with the next on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, and a fleamarket at the ground where they now have a permanent on-site office.

Their latest challenge involves two new venues this year. One is an annual fair at Weston Park in Shropshire and the other a biannual event at Worcester Racecourse, with the first at the course on July 24 and the second on November 6.

Emma says: “We feel ready and confident to take on two new one-day Saturday fairs at these beautiful venues.

“We have arranged both events to coincide with B2B’s brilliant Malvern fleamarket which runs on the following day [July 25 and November 7].

“Helen Yourston of B2B agrees that this would give traders double the opportunity to earn with only the singular business trip cost. It’s fantastic to have B2B’s support.”

B2B’s upcoming Malvern fleamarket has been rescheduled from April 5 to Sunday, April 25.