AN EYE for the interesting was all you needed to enjoy the 18th annual Tamworth Collectors Show at the weekend.
Collectors from across the New England, North West, South and Central coasts and the Hunter Valley gathered at the Tamworth Town Hall for the event. Organisers said the show was a little quieter than usual due to the Tamworth Show being on, but they still had a successful weekend.
They brought a little slice of the Tamworth Show to the town hall, though, through a display of memorabilia showcasing the event’s 140-year history.
Another special feature was an impressive display of cricket history, which attracted plenty of public interest. There were 52 collection display entries.
Organisers said they were particularly pleased with the masters section, which had seven entries as diverse as fossils, Tamworth bottles, commemorative plates and Dame Nellie Melba memorabilia.
Publicity officer Mike Cashman said the collectors show was a major fundraiser for the Lions Club of Tamworth.
The winners of the competitive sections were:
* Champion Display of the Show: Jim Bell of Penrose – plate display
* Best Display in Masters: John Price from Tamworth – Tamworth bottles
* Best Display in Collectables: Nigel James of Maitland – porcelain ceramics – one
* Collectables Points Score: Mike Cashman of Tamworth with 20 points
* Best Display – Bottles A (15 bottles): John Price of Tamworth – Australian ginger beers
* Bottles A Points Score: John Price of Tamworth on three points
* Best Display in Bottles B (eight bottles): Warren England from Maryland
* Bottles B Points Score: Margaret Christoffersen of Lake Haven on six points.