Bertie’s Toy Story

Bertie is a delightful chap who works behind the fish counter in Asda Brynmawr. He calls Debbie & I “good customers” as we buy so much salmon, plaice, sea bream, trout and sea bass from him!

Today was Abergavenny’s Toy Fair in the indoor market and I’d been looking forward to visiting it for some time to peruse the model train sets, dinky cars etc on offer for sale.

What was a nice surprise though for us was the number of toy enthusiasts who were displaying the pride of their collections to the assembled masses of children and grown up children.

Bertie was one of these proud enthusiasts showing a small proportion of his collection of American clockwork tin toys as can be seen in the photo below.  He dedicated his stand to a good friend and fellow collector who’d passed away recently and we shook his hand as we moved on very impressed.

Bertie behind the counter (sans poisson)

One of the nice things about Abergavenny is that it’s not too large that you can’t bump into friends and acquaintances as today was no exception as we sat down in the integral cafe for a bite to eat for lunch when young Russ (aged 75) from LOTSW came in to borrow a spoon for his baby granddaughter and said a cheery hello.

Next we stopped at a huge railway layout that friend Glenn would be proud of when we realised it was a diorama of Llanfoist bridge and the old long since disappeared Abergavenny- Brecon railway crossing.

The model…
…& old B&W photo of the real thing!

The entrance fee for a family to the fair was only £1 and outside to the rear was a collection of classic cars and to the front vintage buses and even a pair of American police cars with “officers” looking for perpetrators!

We’ll definitely be back next year and a great Bank holiday day out.

Bertie’s Toy Story

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