Turn over a new leaf, visit a best-seller fair!

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Few events in Longridge and throughout the county are as long-running as the secondhand book fair which has been held on every Easter Saturday for 30 years.

With two dozen stalls run by booksellers from across the county and beyond, some of whom were at the first fair which was staged in the mid-1980s.

Organisers say the one thing visitors can rely on is the enormous range of both authors - from Austen to Zola - and subjects - archaeology to zoology. Many dealers bring books relating to different Lancashire towns and many different subjects to sit on their shelves at the sale, alongside ones on always popular subjects such as sport and transport.

In the fair’s early days, one of the stalls was run by the parents of comedienne Victoria Wood, who travelled from their home in Bury.

Organiser Jon Smith expects to be seeing both those who buy to read and those who collect vintage or precious items at the book fair.

He invites people to “come along and turn over an old leaf” before leaving with what he calls “armfuls of pleasure.”