Early Christmas mistletoe in the foreground pictured at Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park in November.

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“Traditionally the last fair of the year at Kempton is always a real buzz with the trade and public and with Kempton Park hosting the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day there simply wasn’t time for a second fair later in December.’’

Despite his hopes of a second event dashed, Edward Cruttenden of Sunbury Antiques can still look forward to welcoming 600 standholders at his antiques market on Tuesday, December 14, with a 50/50 split inside and out including European dealers.

He added: “Thankfully we’ve been welcoming back our traders from Europe since the summer with most now returning full time.

“I spoke recently with silver dealer Eddie French of French Trading who has been standing with us for many years and was encouraged to hear that he had been talking to Italian and Belgian clients who were coming to Kempton.

“At the Sandown Antiques Market in November I understand one jewellery dealer did some very good business with clients from Japan.”

Regarding recent government announcements regarding mask-wearing, Cruttenden said: “As before we will be closely following government guidelines and continue to communicate with the Jockey Club and local authorities.”