25 Years of Hard Work, Valuations and Antiques!
Allan Blackburn & wife, Gloria share a passion for antiques. After visiting hundreds of antiques centres in the UK and abroad, they decided they could do better! In August 1990, they opened GB Antiques Centre at Lancaster Leisure Park & that same year, the couple were featured on Granada’s Flying Start programme.
Within 8 years the centre grew from 8,000 sqft to more than 40,000sqft and was extended again last year. Allan now has 100 individual dealers, a long waiting list for stand space and over 200,000 visitors a year. Intending to only open at weekends and run antiques fairs, Allan and Gloria were surprised at how well GB Antiques Centre was received and it wasn’t long before they opened 7 days a week.
In 1998 they bought the lease for Lancaster Leisure Park, wanting to develop it with a blend of leisure facilities and family attractions.
Over the last 25 years, the leisure park has under gone many changes, all for the better and Allan is still keen to grow and improve the site. He said “Since we took over the former Hornsea Pottery site we’ve had a garden centre, driving range, toboggan run, a pottery, café, motor shows and 4 food festivals on the site. This year has been a particularly exciting year for us. Miller Homes are well under way with their developments of 71 new houses, Cam Photography established themselves here recently and building work on the new restaurant is nearly finished”.
Lancaster Leisure Park is also home to Lancaster Brewery, The Original Factory Shop, Countrystyle Meats Farm Shop, Cam Photography, Giggles Play and Adventure, Turning Point Theatre Arts, Marshall Self Drive and soon The Countrystyle Kitchen.
Allan finished by saying “To celebrate our 25 years, we will be giving valuations with all the proceeds going to our nominated charities Cancer Care and Alexander House. On Sunday 30th August between 11:00 and 3:00 visitors are welcome to bring 2 items for valuation for just £5. Afterwards we are going to have a party for all our friends, family and dealers”.