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But there were some individual success stories, with Yorkshire oak specialist Mauleverer Antiques virtually selling out and Yorkshire Victorian furniture dealer Chris Donne having one of his best ever fairs.

Local porcelain specialists John Newton and Brian Bowden both had very good fairs and noted Sussex silver dealer Nicholas Shaw enjoyed satisfactory sales.

Mr Bailey, as usual, advertised his fair well and worked hard. But some of his exhibitors felt much of the pep had gone out of this event and perhaps he ought to be looking for an alternative venue to the Harrogate Pavilions.