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BFA 120th Anniversary and Northamptonshire Manufacturers’ Dinner
March 28th, 2019
The British Footwear Association celebrated its 120th anniversary with a special shoe exhibition entitled “Northamptonshire Finest” on the 28th March 2019 . Master shoe-makers Church, Cheaney, Sanders & Sanders, Trickers, Loake, NPS, Crockett & Jones, Dr Martens, Barkers and Grenson all submitted shoes for the event which was described by the BFA Chairman Robert Perkins as a “visual feast of the highest quality of craftsmanship.” The “Shoe-case” was open to the press and BFA members and was held at Northampton’s beautiful and recently restored Delapre Abbey. The 900-year-old abbey provided the perfect backdrop for the historical display, steeped in shoe heritage. This unique event launched the BFA’s 120th Birthday celebrations and united members from across the country to celebrate the special anniversary later in the evening at the Northamptonshire Manufacturers’ Dinner, held in Delapre Abbey’s beautiful dining room.
A collection in aid of Footwear Friends took place on the day and raised nearly £ 800 for the charity.