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50th Anniversary of first PBFA Fair

June, 2022
By Gerry Mosdell

This year, on the 3rd & 4th of July, is the 50th Anniversary of the first Provincial Booksellers Monthly Fair, an event which was the start of what became the P.B.F.A.  Eight bookselling businesses, (twelve individuals plus four children) were represented at that Fair and of the original group six individuals (plus all four children) are still with us!

The first Fair was held at the Hotel Eden South Kensington on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of July. The Fair was so successful it immediately became a regular monthly event.  Alas, the hotel no longer survives.

However, through highs and lows, the PBFA carries on, and with so many bookshops now closed it is surely important that we continue to take books out to people and keep up the personal contact between book lovers and booksellers!

The following businesses exhibited at the first fair:

Gerry & Sue Mosdell  (Porcupines).   Children Clea & Jeremy.
Derek & Glenda Wallis  (Bibliotique).
Chris & Mary Irwin (The Book House).  Children Bridget & Katie.
Mike & Penny Carter (The Old Cinema).
Bob Gilbert  (R.A. Gilbert).
Pat Gilbert  (Wise Owl).
Paul Minet (Baggins Books, Piccadilly Rare Books)
Alan Wilson.

The surviving six original partcipants include:
Gerry Mosdell, Susan Lowe (Mosdell)
Glenda Mosdell (Wallis)
Mary Irwin
Bob Gilbert, Pat Gilbert