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RUFFORTH AUTOJUMBLE OPENED its doors for the first time since March on Saturday (June 6) with both visitors and traders entering a whole new world after the pandemic turned the nation upside down.

With the government loosening lockdown restrictions to allow outdoor markets to take place from June 1, Rufforth was the first autojumble out of the traps. Amongst the traders was Dave Tilley of D&J Factoring, selling a range of restoration and garage supplies.

"We arrived at 5am, were set up and trading by 7am and away for 11am" Dave told CMM. "It was all a bit strange, but I took double what I'd usually take at Rufforth; it seems people have been starved of stock!"

"There were social distancing lines on the floor, but to be honest few took notice of them. There were a few traders, but not all, wearing masks. I thought it would be all out of doors, but we were in our usual spot inside the massive shed, both sets of doors either end  being left open. There were about 40-50 traders inside, about 20 out braving the rain and I'd say half the usual number through the door, but as I said, sales were excellent. They were taking cash on the gate as usual."

Dave added that telephone and online sales during the pandemic lockdown had boomed. "People have been anxious to get on with jobs; I've been very pleasently surprised, I have to admit."

Rufforth Autojumble takes place on the first Saturday every month; details at http://www.rufforthautojumble.com/

Meanwhile Eckington Classic Car & Bike Show is going ahead this Wedneday, June 10, but only in cyberspace.

One of the organisers, Geoff Mitchell told CMM: "Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the region's biggest Classic Car & Bike Show, organised by Chesterfield Rotary, and originally scheduled this year for Renishaw Hall on Wednesday 10 June 2020, is going virtual for one year only.  The decision to go online was made after the organising committee heard that the normal fund-raising efforts of the charities supported by the event were being knocked for six because of CORVID-19.

"With public support, the four key charities should at least get something rather than nothing, hence the purpose of this email is to seek much-needed donations from anyone who would like to give.  The charities which will benefit are:- Ashgate Hospicecare, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, The Elm Foundation (supporting those affected by Domestic Abuse), and Weston Park Cancer Charity."

Full details of the Eckington Virtual Classic Car & Bike Show are on the website:  https://virtualcarshow2020.wordpress.com/



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