01:26PM, Tuesday 03 May 2016
A playground hobby that was never outgrown has inspired a football sticker collector from Maidenhead to set up a ‘swap shop’ for like-minded people – of any age.
Pete Dunsford is collecting the Euro 2016 Panini stickers ahead of the international tournament this summer.
He got in touch with the Advertiser as he felt there needed to be an opportunity for other sticker fans to meet each other to swap their spares.
“The whole ‘got, got need’ thing has excited me since 1985 – when I was an eight-year-old boy in the playground at Courthouse School,” he said.
“At age 38 you would think I’d have grown out it – but I haven’t.
“Two years ago when the World Cup sticker album phenomenon kicked off, I visited a small sticker swap club.
“It was a brilliant idea and one that I would like to have a hand in replicating for fellow Maidenhead sticker fanatics.”
Pete, who works in the town centre, has been in touch with the Narrative Cafe in Maidenhead Library, in St Ives Road, which has agreed to act as a host for the swap shop.
He is hoping to run two different sessions: one on weekday lunchtimes for ‘big kids’ such as himself, and one at the weekend for adults and children together.
“I think the cross-section of people who are collecting would be an excellent social opportunity – mums, dads and kids – and provide a chance for fellow ‘swap nerds’ such as myself to complete their collections a little quicker,” he said.
Pete has set up an email address for fellow collectors to used to get in touch for more information, which is stickersSL6@gmail.com
Euro 2016 kicks off on Friday, June 10.
The Panini stickers and albums are on sale now.
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