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The Carmarthen Antiques and Flea Market draws enthusiasts and collectors to the United
Counties Showground from all over the UK. Arrive early, bag a bargain and pick up
interesting additions to house and home, choose from an truly eclectic mix of collectable
and household items.
2015 will be Towy’s twenty-
All indoor stands at the Carmarthen Antiques and Flea must be pre-
Outside stands at the Flea can be had by turning up on the day
and paying at the gate (£42.00 inc VAT).
Gates open at 7.30 am for sellers.
Visitors please note that admission for adults will be £4.00 to all events in 2015.
Further details may be had from Towy Events 01267 236569 or for details for exhibiting, please complete the form on the "Contact Towy Events" page of this website.
The Showground Postcode is SA33 5DR, but take care, your sat nav will take you to the farm across the main road, so look out for signs to the Showground when you get to within a mile of us.
Carmarthen Antiques and Flea Market
continues to be a Collectors’ Paradise.
The next Carmarthen Flea Markets take place on Sunday March 1st between 10.00am and
4.00pm at United Counties Showground, admission for adults is £4.00. For more information,
including details on exhibiting email us at or call us on
01267 236 569. All indoor pitches must be pre-
Carmarthen Antiques & Flea Markets
The highly regarded Carmarthen Antiques Fairs will incorporate vintage dealers alongside antique stalls in 2015.
Fair organisers Robert and Carol Pugh have built a good reputation for their Flea Markets at Carmarthen Showground and have decided to combine these popular events with their more traditional antiques fairs.
The first of the new ‘Carmarthen Antiques and Flea Markets’ will take place on Sunday 1st March 2015 with a further 7 of these events during the course of the year.
With stands inside and out, antiques enthusiasts will find a range of quality exhibitors at each event, while regular Carmarthen Flea Market visitors can be safe in the knowledge that ‘The Carmarthen Antiques and Flea Markets’ will be the same collector’s paradise they have previously enjoyed.
Amongst the treasures to be found in the St David’s Day event will be a ring which belonged to William George Auger – also known as ‘The Cardiff Giant’.
Born in Cardiff on December 27th 1882 to parents of average size, by fourteen, George already stood over 6 feet in height. As an adult, Auger was often billed at standing “over 8 feet in height” however his true stature was around seven foot six.
As a young man George Auger served as a police officer in Cardiff and was likely the tallest officer in the history of the company. From Cardiff, Auger moved to London and due to his intimidating presence he was often assigned to Queen Victoria’s personal police escort squad.
Fair organiser Robert Pugh explains that Auger’s big break came when the Barnum and Bailey Circus toured London: “Auger attended and when he stepped up to view the resident circus giant he found that he stood a full head taller than the professional. Auger was immediately offered employment as ‘The Cardiff Giant’.”
Auger made it to America in 1903 and appeared as part of the Barnum and Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden. Not content to just be a circus giant, Auger decided to become an actor as well. After quite some success in 1922 he was approached by silent film star and offered a role in the film ‘Why Worry?’. This would make him a film star, but unfortunately this final triumph was not to be.
On November 30th, while staying with friends in New Jersey, Auger complained of stomach pains, collapsed and died. His funeral was attended by over a thousand friends and he was mourned by many, many more.
The first Carmarthen Antiques and Flea Market of 2015 takes place on
Sunday March the 1st between 10.00am and 4.00pm
at United Counties Showground, admission for adults is £4.00. For more information,
including details on exhibiting visit our website or call us
on 01267 236 569. All indoor pitches must be pre-
Left: George Auger with fellow circus performers.
Right: The Auger ring and below right compared to a normal hand.