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The show will go on!

Bruce Everiss, the pioneer of UK computer fairs, has announced he is finally logging off from the industry he was so instrumental in creating.

The man behind All Formats Computer Fairs has decided to cash in his microchips after 20 years to concentrate on his online business and his latest web venture called All Formats Forums.

After his last show at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum (next to Temple Meads station) on Sunday 4 February 2007 he will formally hand over the running of his hugely successful Bristol fair to fellow computer fair stalwarts and close friends British Computer Fairs.

Bruce said: "I suppose I was looking for something new after so many years and over a thousand fairs. I'm keen to expand my online business and I thought maybe it was time take a back seat and give someone else a chance.

"BCF have huge experience in running this type of event, which is why I have asked them to take over. I wanted to make sure that both our traders and our visitors would be getting the best possible service after I am gone."

One of the first decisions taken by BCF has been to relocate the fair to Bristol City football club's Ashton Gate stadium.

Paul Driver of BCF said: "Bruce is a legend in the computer fair industry and we were honoured that when he decided to step down he asked us to take over from him.

"To show our commitment to the future of the Bristol fair we decided to move to a new venue which provides better facilities for both traders and visitors."

Bruce added: "I think the move will be a huge improvement. There is a very large free car park at Ashton Gate and I think that this will make a huge difference for people."

The first BCF-organised fair is due to take place on Sunday 18 February 2007 in the Dolman Exhibition Hall underneath the ground's Dolman Stand.

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