Once again supporters of Cuckfield Vintage Emporium (CVE) battled stormy weather to get to The Queen’s Hall in the village High St on 12 April – setting a new one-day attendance record. Darcy Shepherd, who organises and runs the vintage and country-lifestyle fairs said, “It’s amazing, I can hardly believe it and I’m especially pleased for all our wonderful exhibitors who travel from far and wide to help create the unique atmosphere of our events”.
Talking about CVE travelling exhibitors, one couple set what is believed to be a new record all of their own. Jill & Richard Gibbons of Rosiebud Decorative Vintage – specialising in beautiful pastel shaded soft-furnishings and vintage crockery – must take a bow as probably the widest travelled of the intrepid exhibitors and traders that flock to Cuckfield for Darcy’s fairs.
Leaving home at 4.45 in the morning to start the 402 mile round-trip from Tiverton in Devon, Jill & Richard personify the devotion and enthusiasm demonstrated by the vintage traders’ community
Jill & Richard of Rosiebud Decorative Vintage at the Cuckfield Vintage Emporium in April: https://www.facebook.com/RosiebudDecorativeVintage
Jill & Richard hail originally from Farnborough but now, semi-retired, they travel far and wide to join-in the growing trend for all things vintage. When we suggested to Richard that a 402 mile round trip was a long way to go to enjoy yourself he said, “The friendship and atmosphere are what we come for more than anything else. We always meet new people with a shared interest in beautiful furniture, textiles and kitchen ware and although CVE is fairly newly established, it’s rapidly becoming one of our favourite destinations.”
The next Cuckfield Vintage Emporium is scheduled for 10th May, once again at The Queen’s Hall; Darcy is hoping that spring will have arrived by then so she can give her supporters some decent weather to enjoy her fair.
15th April 2013