Gallery: From radios to pins, collectors show off their prized possessions at bygone exhibition in Long Melford

The Bygone exhibition in Long Melford Village Hall. John Walke in his 1962 Ford Consul 315 Classic.

The Bygone exhibition in Long Melford Village Hall. John Walke in his 1962 Ford Consul 315 Classic. - Credit: Archant

Prized collections of everything from vintage radios to drawing pins were on show in Long Melford at the weekend.

Members of the Monks Eleigh Bygone Collectors Club displayed their most treasured possessions at the village hall on Sunday.

Among them was Paul Goodchild, who started the club 30 years ago and recently opened a museum for his vintage radios, TVs and recording equipment.

The club, which now has about 130 members, has staged the annual Melford exhibition for the past 25 years.

Mr Goodchild, from Great Waldingfield, said: “Club members, some of whom come from Essex, bring along exhibits which are very varied.


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“This year these included china dolls, old tins and brass lamps, with some items dating back to the Second World War right up to modern day collectable items.

“One of the members had a collection of drawing pins. It’s surprising how many different sorts of pins there are, including companies like Meccano, which had their own brand pins.”

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Mr Goodchild’s collection of 500-plus radios, gramophones and televisions is on permanent display at the former United Reformed Church in Monks Eleigh.

The ‘Museum of Sound’ is open on the first Sunday of every month from 10.30am to 4pm.

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