Long-standing auctioneers Richardsons of Bourne Auction Rooms have joined forces with fellow Lincolnshire saleroom Golding Young & Mawer, thanks to a merger effective from earlier this month.
It is all in the name of progress, and Chris
Richardson, who is to continue as a consultant, said: "It was
essential for the future of the business to move into the 21st
century and adopt the internet age with sales online plus
state-of-the-art websites and methods."
He added: "I am a dinosaur in relation to
such matters, but moving forward and embracing modern methods is
Auctions will continue in Bourne with
existing staff continuing to run the salerooms, and Chris said:
"They have been with me for up to 30 years and I thank them all for
their loyalty and hard work over these years. We have sold upwards
of three million lots with an average of 50 sales per year.
"I would also like to thank all our clients
for their instructions and friendship over the years. Some have
been with us for over 30 years and I am certain that we can
continue and improve our service for many more. I would also like
to thank John Castley, the well-known auctioneer, who has assisted
with his vast experience and distinct and popular style at sales
for the last 18 years.
"I would also like to thank Sandra, my wife,
for her support and advice over the years and for help and patience
with the long hours spent at the saleroom."
Golding Young & Mawer, operate out of
two salerooms - Grantham and Lincoln - and have a satellite
valuation office in Stamford. Having served the Lincolnshire area
since 1864, they see the merger as a natural progression.
Managing Director Colin Young was
described by Chris as "a natural successor, having spent his
formative years as an auctioneer at The Bourne Auction Rooms".
"He has been really successful, knows the
business inside out and I am certain he is the man to take the
business forward. He is also a great auctioneer and I am sure
clients will be delighted with the services offered," Chris
"Although it is a sad day for me to stand
back after 35 years, it is heartening to know that the institution
that is The Bourne Auction Rooms will continue for years to come
giving a professional and personal service to clients and
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