The Game Fair – good and bad

Sporting Shooter - - Letters -

Hav­ing at­tended The Game Fair, spon­sored by NFU Mu­tual, I came away with mixed feel­ings. My tick­ets had ar­rived through the post plus a com­pli­men­tary ticket which was a nice sur­prise.

Hav­ing at­tended many game fairs in my 74 years I was keen, as was my friend, to look at a par­tic­u­lar make of gun, so hav­ing looked in the pro­gramme and seen there were three gun­mak­ers’ rows, I ob­vi­ously as­sumed there would be a good se­lec­tion of top man­u­fac­tur­ers present. How very dis­ap­pointed we were to find that the ma­jor­ity of lead­ing gun­mak­ers were ab­sent; also, fish­er­mans’ row was vir­tu­ally non-ex­is­tent. Is this be­cause every­one buys their fish­ing kit on­line? Or is it be­cause of the high cost to stall­hold­ers?

Al­though the en­try price was very rea­son­able, we thought the food prices might re­flect this, but hav­ing to pay £5 for a small ba­con bap… I was ob­vi­ously in cloud cuckoo land! Al­though you could get half a cup of tea for £1! (In a pre­vi­ous let­ter of mine I did men­tion con­ces­sions where the money saved would not even buy a cup of tea.)

The good points of the Fair on the Satur­day were a) good weather, b) nicely set out, c) plenty of seat­ing, and d) road­ways be­tween ex­hibitors were very wel­come. Will I at­tend again? I doubt it… Mr DV Ed­wards, Northamp­ton­shire

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