Belfast Telegraph

Monthly fair returns to the Pass

By Padraic Grant

Two local men are set to revive a Belfast tradition this weekend with the holding of an arts, antiques and collectables fair.

The event will take in St Mary Magdalene Church Hall on the Donegall Pass, helmed by Matt Robson and Steve Skerratt and is the first such event in the area for many years.

"We both have an interest in art, antiques and collectables but are by no means professionals and we know there are many people out there just like us," said Matt.

"So we have got some dealers to come together to sell their wares. There used to be a monthly fair in the area and we have both lamented its passing.

"It was a place where the amateur could rub shoulders with the professional, and maybe learn a thing or two in the process.

"We have decided to set up a monthly fair on the last Saturday of every month to see if others agree with us."

Steve said Donegall Pass was considered by many to be at the heart of the city's antique district. "Our plan is to have as wide a selection of items as possible, including arts works, quality silver, figurines, bronzes, pottery and numerous collectables.

"There are already a number of well established antique shops in the area, but we believe what we are doing can only help increase interest and possible business in this type of trade.

"We will have items from established and up-and-coming artists, and we believe regular fairs can only help provide a market place for their work."

The fair takes place in St Mary Magdalene Church Hall on Donegall Pass on Saturday 30 November and the last Saturday of the month thereafter from 10am until 4pm. Admission is free and those looking for further details can contact Matt on 07801 132215.

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