STOCKPORT MILITARIA COLLECTORS SOCIETY
GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
Way back in April 1966 a number of enthusiastic antique arms, armour and medal collectors assembled in a Stockport hostelry. From these humble beginnings the Stockport and District Militaria Collectors Society was born. Nothing unusual in that you might think except that in April 2019 we will be celebrating our 53rd birthday, surely a tribute to the member’s strong support for this fascinating hobby and surely one of the oldest arms collectors society in the country. So strong was the enthusiasm that there was a time when we had to restrict membership!
Our first arms collectors fair was held in 1968 appropriately enough in the local Cheshire Territorial Army Barracks followed for many years by much larger events at the palatial Stockport Town Hall. Our three annual fairs are now held at the Britannia Hotel in Stockport under the expert management of a long term club members Carole and David who are well known in the arms collecting society. Saturday January12th May 14th and October 5th are dates booked in 2019 for these 90 table events which will welcome collectors, enthusiasts and dealers from around the country.
The popularity of these arms fairs allows the society to give continued financial support to Broughton House, Salford a home for disabled servicemen, the Royal British Legion and Cancer Research U.K a fact we are very proud of.
Of importance to members are the Monday evening meetings held on the first Monday of the month at the same hotel where members discuss items from their own collections and there is a short auction. A series of usually 7 talks on military subjects is provided covering, in 2019, such diverse subjects as Churchill’s Armoured Train Incident, The Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich, The Crimean War, Medals from The Dark Continent, Japanese Gifts of Armour to European Heads of States, hopefully something for all tastes! All our events can be found in Medal News Diary
The activities of this long running, enthusiastic and above all friendly society can be found on our web site www.stockportmilitaria.org For those of you living in the north, why not give it a try you could be pleasantly surprised.