Several long-term traders at Broadstairs Folk Week’s craft fair will not be at this year’s event after a change of policy.
Broadstairs Folk Week organiser Jo Tuffs says a review was carried out last year into the mix and style of stalls on offer at the Victoria Gardens fair.
The result of that review means some traders were not offered a spot this year.
Among them is Bob Simkins who has been a regular at the fair for the last 18 years, travelling with clothing from his home in Goa.
Bob, originally from Ramsgate, said: “They sent out letters to around seven of us, that I know about, to say we would no longer be offered a spot. There was no thank you for all the years we have done.
“They don’t want people stopping on site (in caravan/trailers), last year they turned the electric off at 9pm and after doing 12 hour days you want some comfort.
“I have been doing Folk Week for 18 years, I am the longest, continuous stall holder. Now it will just be pop-up stalls.”
Ms Tuffs said letters were sent in December to give traders time to make alternative event arrangements.
She said: “Following up on some changes that were made in 2018, we reviewed the mix and style of stalls that the festival was going to book in the following year and we had also had feedback from some festival goers that the Craft and Music Fair needed a revamp.
“After that review we contacted the traders in December 2018 to inform them of this and so that they were notified in good time to find alternative events. The terms and conditions for booking a stall at Folk Week are available to download around six months ahead of the event.”
The terms say that only vans that are integral to a stall which are also used for camping, are permitted to camp on the craft fair site.
Folk Week runs from August 9-16.