two day Lilliput Lane and Border Fine Arts Collectors Fair 2000
took place on the 17th and 18th June, the two hottest days of
the year so far in the UK.
Hall, Marketing Director estimated that about 7,000 collectors
visited the fair, which took place at Syon Park with the fabulous
Syon House as its backdrop.
Syon Park, is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland.
Syon House itself is built on the site of a medieval abbey dissolved
by Henry VIII in 1539. The park was later landcsaped by Capability
Brown in the 18th century and within the grounds there is a
Doric column bearing Flora, goddess of flowers, a Rose Garden
and over 200 species of rare trees.
Great Conservatory, whose centre section was the basis of the
Lilliput Lane special event model (pictured
left – click image for more detail), was built by the
third Duke. The special event model was available on the day,
but had to be pre-ordered.
were a large number of attractions and entertainment laid on
around the fair including the exciting Devil’s Horsemen Cossack
Stunt Riding Team (pictured right – click
image for more detail) who delighted the crowds with
Also on site was Bill Brookman’s Amazing Victorian Street Theatre,
and a Living Victorian Street Scene complete with Victorian
crafts demonstrations and street players.
usual for Lilliput Lane collectors, there were the usual assorment
of activities including: Paint Your Own, competitions, demonstrations,
exhibitions, and founder David Tate was at hand to answer questions
and sign autographs.
Steve and Kathy Rosson are pictured left (click image for more
detail) with their family in the Paint Your Own Tent, which
this year featured a new model Summer Sunday. Steve and Kathy
Rosson had travelled from California to attend the event, and
were having a ‘wonderful day out’.
It’s nice to put a face to a cottage and several Lilliput Lane
sculptors were at hand demonstrating their skills. Pictured
right is Jack Missekbrook (click image for more detail) who
latest collection is the Snow Place Like Home Collection which
features a charming series of snowed cottages, all with a Frosty
the Snowman character. These have only just been released in
the June introductions.
Marston and Don Gibson, writers of The Pokcet Guide to Lilliput
Lane were also in attendance promoting, signing and selling
the second edition of their price guide. This really is a great
little book, with excellent pictures of nearly everything Lilliput
Lane have ever produced. The prices seem a touch high, but an
invaluable resource all the same. Viv Martson is pictured right
(click image for more detail) .
Border Fine Arts collectors there was a production exhibition
of a Border Fine Arts figurine, a Sculpting exhibition by among
others master sculptor Ray Ayres, a complete Border Fine Arts
collection on display and a Museum of retired Border Fine Arts.
Other events included a static bird of prey display, and the
Hydestile Animal Hospital, as well as talks.
left is Ray Ares (click image for more detail) who was demonstrating
his amzing talent throughtout the two days. Also pictured right
is leading painter Drew Weatherstone (click image for more detail)
, painting a new model called Hay Cutting Starts Today.
of the fair’s activities Syon Park was a spectacular venue and
has several other attractions which collectors had the chance
to visit inclduing: The London Butterfly House (which contains
species of live tropical butterflies), The Aquatic Experience
(which features endangered species of fish, reptiles and amphibians)
and The Syon Park Farm Shop.
Combining the event with two collectables was a great idea –
everyone we spoke to had a wonderful time and were impressed
by the organisation and range of events and activities available.
Hopefully, some existing Lilliput Lane collectors will have
found a new hobby and vice versa. As to next years show – it
is still to be decided. We spoke to Sandra Tate who said normally
everything had been arranged but so far a venue had to be decided.
In the Lilliput Lane collectors tent, the club was asking for
ideas and a vote was in progress to find a favoured region.
At the time of leaving t he votes were:
North East – 1, North West – 2, West Midlands – 3, East Midlands
– 16, Home Counties – 9, South West – 8, South East – 30, Scotland
– 3, Wales – 2, Northern Ireland – 1. Also suggested were Australia,
USA and New Zealand.