Chance to turn the clock back to 1952 at Yorkshire's biggest toyfair

21 May 2012

Visitors to Yorkshire’s biggest toyfair will be able to buy models of cars and trains that would have been around when the Queen came to the throne.

New models of favourites like the Ford Popular and Morris Minor based on the real thing from 60 years ago will be among the thousands of toys on show at Doncaster Racecourse on Sunday (May 27th).

The full-size Ford Popular sold about 150,000 in 1952, retailing at just £390, making it the cheapest car around at the time. The hand-made new 1/43rd scale version costs about £75.

Traders come from as far afield as Scotland, Wales and London to Doncaster, to what is the third biggest toyfair in the country, with about 350 stalls. As well as favourites from Corgi and Hornby, there are dolls and teddy bears, tinplate toys and lead soldiers from the 1920s right through to the latest new releases.

The event is organised by Michael Bishop, of Driffield, who has been involved in buying and selling toys for nearly half a century.

Michael, who is 65, started running MB Toyfairs at Doncaster five years ago. But his interest goes back to when he left school at 16 and went to work on the toy stall at Selby market.

He later worked at Woolworths in Scarborough as a trainee manager, with responsibility for the toy department, and then spent a long time in antiques, while always keeping an eye on the toy trade. He ran toy auctions for several years, before taking over the toyfairs in 2007.

Michael said: “I’ve been involved in the toy trade almost as long as the Queen has been on throne and there’s been a lot of changes in those times. But cars and trains seem to have maintained their popularity throughout.

“The models of the cars and trains from the early 1950s are among those that can still capture the imagination of children today. They are also a hit with the older generation who can remember seeing the real thing on the streets when they were younger.”

The toyfair at Doncaster Racecourse on Sunday 27th runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The cost is £3.50 per adult, £2.50 for concessions, children (under-16) £1 and under-5s free. There is free parking at the racecourse for 500 cars.


Attached photographs show Michael Bishop and a model of a Ford Popular that would have been on the streets in 1952.

Other photographs available on request from Michael or Kate Betts.

A video of Michael’s last toyfair is available to view on

Michael Bishop is available for interview and can be contacted on 01377 240160 or 079861 37364 at

The media are welcome to the toyfair on Sunday May 27th. (Please contact Michael Bishop in advance.)

For more information go to

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at


View current news