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It was the first event to be organised by Berkshire dealer Jan Hicks but she has stood at enough fairs herself to have learnt quite a bit about how to put one together.

She attracted an impressive roster of exhibitors who praised both the promotion and staging, even if they did not all achieve a great deal of

However, they were of the unanimous opinion that it was a fixture with a future and they will be back for the second Antiques and Audacity at Arundel from May 13 to 16 when Jan has arranged for a larger marquee so she can accommodate 100 dealers as opposed to last year’s 60.

Which is good news for everyone apart from the marquee company Owen Brown who faced big problems last year erecting scaffolding on the very uneven site.

They were compensated, though, when they received a silver medal for their achievements at the Corporate Event Association Awards. Among the newcomers already signed up are The Canon Gallery, Jeffrey Formby, Nicholas Arkell and Music Room Antiques.