From visitor to exhibitor… raising funds for GNNAS

Thought I would share this note I received from Jean who has been attending Initial J events from the very start, firstly as a visitor and over the last few years as an exhibitor raising much needed funds for the GNNAS.

It’s really hard to believe that you have been hosting these craft shows for twenty years. I feel like a camp follower, having always been a Crafter and never missing any of the shows since they first began at the Arena, through to Gosforth then Gateshead Stadium and finally the Leisure Centre. Always buying and taking advantage of the chance of being able to return to the venue for free after initial visit when the show was being held over 2-3 days.     Now I wish we had been exhibitors all those years ago. Never thought I could get such a buzz at having my own handiwork being complemented upon and actually being bought – with the added bonus of being able to help our favourite charity of course.


We would love to hear from any other visitors who have been visiting our shows from the very beginning.