It’s fun and games galore at Sheffield toy fair

Organiser, Steven Howard, at the 5th annunal Toy Fair at DoubleTree Hotel
Organiser, Steven Howard, at the 5th annunal Toy Fair at DoubleTree Hotel
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Model railways, vintage dolls and stacks of Lego were just some of the attractions at a new toy fair that rolled into Sheffield.

The event by TTC Toy Fairs was the first of its kind in the city following demand from local enthusiasts keen to expand their collections of playthings, games and models.

Stuarts Rossand his company 'Stuart's Collectables', who has collected since he was 3, from Essex with large collection of trains.

Stuarts Rossand his company 'Stuart's Collectables', who has collected since he was 3, from Essex with large collection of trains.

Dealers showcased both new and retro toys across 50 stalls, which included trains, diecast cars, action figures, model kits, sci-fi and TV memorabilia and bears and dolls among their treasures.

Steven Howard, who organised the event at Sheffield’s Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Norton, said: “It has been a long time coming for Sheffield to have its own event. Both young and older collectors attended, from those just starting out to those from older generations.

“We had dealers from all over the country selling items, plus individuals from Sheffield’s own Gallery Auction House who were giving free valuations on visitors’ toys – an opportunity that quite a few people took up.

“The vintage store with toys dating back to the ’40s, 50s and 60s attracted quite a lot of attention, as did the working railway we had set up and a rare 1947 model train that was on my stall.

Peter Ross, father of Stuart, who was displays his large collection of trains.

Peter Ross, father of Stuart, who was displays his large collection of trains.

“Some visitors also used the fair as an excuse for a clear out and brought along items to trade with dealers. They were pleased with the fair prices offered.”

The toy fair will return to the Double Tree Hilton Hotel on February 15, 2015.

n Anybody interested in taking a stall at the event should contact Steven on 0784 6772568.