A display of nauticalia at the Detling Showground antiques and vintage fair run by B2B Events since 2010 but has now been handed over to Love Fairs.

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B2B Events is handing over the reins of the two-day antiques and vintage fair it has run at the Detling Showground since 2010.

It took over the event held near Maidstone in east Kent from DMG Antiques Fairs, now IACF. However, after 10-and-a-half years organising this fair, Donny and Angela Mann of Love Fairs will now be in charge.

B2B director Helen Yourston said: “A health scare in 2021 has changed my outlook on life and I’m having to slow down. Detling has always been one of my favourite fairs, especially as it was my local fair when I was an exhibitor and lived a few miles up the road.”

Alan Yourston added: “We know that Detling will be in safe hands with Love Fairs. Angela and David have a similar outlook on looking after exhibitors as we do.”

The Yourstons will not be giving up their Malvern events at the Three Counties Showground, however, including their renowned flea and collectors’ fairs with the next on Sunday, July 23.

The next Detling fair now hosted by Love Fairs is on Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10. B2B’s exhibitor figures for this event are around 250 inside and out and a 1000 trade gate.

The Manns said: “We want to reassure exhibitors that we won’t be changing anything at the Detling fair for the time being. Helen and Alan have done a great job since taking over in 2010 and we have been regular visitors as buyers for several years.”

Busy calendar

The Manns are not newcomers to the ‘big fair’ event. They launched Love Fairs’ first antiques and vintage fair at Lingfield Park Racecourse in 2015.

It was such a runaway success they followed it a year later by a second event at Brighton Racecourse, with waiting lists in their hundreds for both fairs and healthy stallholder numbers: 130 average for Lingfield and 175 for Brighton.

A slightly different venture is the organisers’ two-day antiques festival held on The Pantiles, the colonnaded promenade in Tunbridge Wells which they started last year.

Love Fairs’ next outing at Lingfield is on July 23.