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To begin with we have an early start… The Valley Living team arrive at the train station bright eyed! and full of enthusiasm for the day ahead.
Virgin train refreshment carriage is the first port of call. 3x brews.
Prior to the day we have received the catalogue (with a map!) so we know the sections we are heading for, the NEC in Birmingham is massive and every hall is packed with stands from all over the UK and Europe. So a plan of approach is vital.
Looking for ideas to bring back to Clitheroe is both exciting and tiring so by 11am a brew and breakfast roll is definitely needed…..revitalised and enthusiasm rejuvenated off we go again, 2 halls down 8 or 9 to go!!
It is always lovely when we hit on special items and that then puts a spring in our step. You will have to follow us on social media or pop into the shop to see these super editions we have found 😉
Before we know it, an afternoon brew and muffin is calling, a little bit more walking and chatting to lovely suppliers and it is time to head for our train home, this all comes a little too quickly and we usually end up jogging down the last hall.
Sore feet, exhausted and ladened with bags of leaflets and information we do well not to fall asleep on the train and wake up in Edinburgh!!
Oooo, But we do love a good trade fair…
Now to decide what you would all like the best?? This is the next fun part…
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