A number of dealers have contacted ATG and Trading Standards about the situation.
The event ran triannually with the next edition scheduled for March before it was cancelled in January this year when a note posted on its website said: “The Antique Home & Vintage Fair at York, Beverley and Pocklington is no longer in operation.”
Trading Standards and York council have urged dealers who are out of pocket to contact Citizens Advice.
Matthew Boxall, head of public protection at City of York Council, said: “We have received two complaints from people who said they paid for a stall at an antiques fair that didn’t go ahead and are yet to get a refund.
“As ever we encourage people to contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133 to report concerns and ask for advice and support on the options available to them. Citizens Advice pass detai ls of complaints to trading standards for information and can lead to further enquiries being made.”
The fair at York Racecourse, which attracted around 100 traders, was previously run by the late Reg Frost of Selby Antiques Fairs.
Cawood had worked with Frost on the fair since 2016 and took over after he died in 2018.
Cawood then relaunched the event in 2020 and at the same time launched a smaller series of antiques and vintage fairs in East Yorkshire, at nearby Pocklington in the Pocklington Arts Centre and in Beverley.
Cawood did not respond to ATG’s numerous requests for comment.