John Ridgway, owner of the Old Mill Antiques Centre in Bridgnorth, pictured with author June Pettit and one of her books. Pettit is now retiring from the trade to concentrate on her writing career. (Photo courtesy of Shropshire Star.)

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This includes a novel focusing on the life in the Black Country of a relative who was an Indian princess.

June Pettit said: “I was one of the first dealers to open up a stall in the Old Mill Antiques Centre in Bridgnorth when the centre first opened in 1996. As well as the centre I had a shop in Tettenhall, a village close to Wolverhampton.”

She added: “Antiques dealing started when I was an artist and kept getting paint everywhere in the house. So I opened a shop in Wolverhampton’s city centre as a studio and when people started bringing things in it ended up as an antiques shop.”

The dealer, who has published three novels and a book of poetry, is “sad to be leaving the Old Mill and owner John Ridgway – I treasure the friendship of the staff”.

Prior to opening the centre, which is a listed building on the banks of the River Severn and fronted by a 16th century townhouse, Ridgway and his brother Denis took over the Perry & Phillips auction house in Bridgnorth which they ran in tandem with the centre. The auction business closed in 2018.

The centre operates on four floors and has around 40 dealers.