THE British Antique Dealers’ Association celebrated its 90th anniversary with a dinner for 160 members and guests at Fishmongers Hall in the City of London on November 4.
In her address, Baroness Rawlings, president of the association,
recognised that this was a difficult time for the trade, but
reminded them that BADA itself was founded in crisis due to a
proposed luxury tax to boost the Treasury following the Great
Association chairman Richard Marchant, serving his fourth term,
thanked outgoing Secretary General Elaine Dean for her 25 years
service, and past president Lord Brooke also delivered a
But it was guest-of-honour Lord Heseltine, Tory heavyweight and
former deputy prime minister, who really sparkled with a speech
aimed directly at the trade, wittily peppered with anecdotes about
his own lifelong passion for collecting.
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