August Bank Holiday Sunday Boot, Craft and Produce Fair

IT IS A well-known fact that the number of stallholders at a Boot Fair is inversely proportional to the number and darkness of clouds in the sky.


Also on a Bank holiday Sunday when clouds are conspicuous by their absence (a rare occasion in England) the blue sky and holiday attracts not only vendors in large numbers but also the local community en masse to investigate the possibility of bargains on offer.

And so that was the case on the Sunday morning of the August Bank holiday weekend for the Rotary Boot, Craft and Produce Fair on the West Martello Field when the sky was an unbroken sea of blue above Martello Fields.

The air was not as warm as would normally be expected for late August due to a gentle north easterly breeze, but this did not deter large crowds from hovering around the stalls searching for elusive bargains.

As is usual at such a Fair, there were some less common items available for the intrepid buyer.

These included a box of fishing flies, several fancy-dress outfits including one of Snow White, a wicker meditation chair (shaped in the Lotus position), a couple of indoor fish tanks, and a pair of canoeing oars (no canoe to go with it), and for the avid collector three porcelain dolls complete with boxes.

A large telescope complete with tripod was on sale; the stall holder was unable to confirm its magnification having obtained it as part of a job lot, but from inspection it seemed ideal for the budding astronomer or star gazer as well as being suitable for spying on the man in the moon.

There were several carpets, nests of tables, and a piano stool as well as a lamp standard constructed from a step ladder.

Some stallholders specialised in particular goods including for example jigsaw puzzles, fake flower bouquets and displays, jams, local historical postcards, costume jewellery and fishing equipment.

There were not so many golf balls for sale as in the early August Fair; maybe the standard of golf at the two Seaford courses has improved and less balls have been lost.

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