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The late Angela Short.

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Angela lived most of her life in Tunbridge Wells and, like many dealers, cut her teeth running a Saturday stall on the Portobello Road while working for the decorator Merlin Pennink.

Over 45 years ago she set up her first shop, A&A Antiques on Mt Sion, at a time when antiques were very much a male-dominated business. She later moved to Mt Ephraim where she traded as Cowden Antiques until her retirement at the millennium.

She loved everything about the trade and was often to be seen at all the local house sales, buying, gossiping and laughing. Her energy, sense of humour, eye for the unusual and decorating potential, gained her the respect of dealers and customers alike, all of whom will remember her with affection.

There are few houses in the Tunbridge Wells area that do not contain at least one or two pieces sourced from Angela.

From Orlando Harris (son)