The Association was formed on 8th October 1968 and held its first Stamp Fair at the Houldsworth Hall in Deansgate, Manchester almost exactly one year later on Saturday, 4th October 1969. The fair became an annual event for 15 years until, in 1984, a January fair was added to the calendar. After seven years with two fairs a year a third was added in April from 1991. The pattern of three fairs, January, April, and October continues with fairs being held at Sale Grammar School.
There is plenty of free car parking and refreshments are available throughout the day. There are usually about 15 - 20 dealers taking stands, who are members of the Association. Admission at the door is 50p for an adult and 25p for children or FREE by using a complimentary ticket or showing a current membership card from a Philatelic Society.