This large painted vintage antiques shop sign costs £295 from Crowsnest Antiques at Hemswell Antique Centres.

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Robert Miller, managing director of Hemswell Antique Centres, is describing his experience of the “crazy period of lockdowns”.

He adds: “We hope to reopen on April 12 but obviously we’re following all government guidelines and we won’t know until April 5 for sure.”

Dealers Linda and Chris Hanby of Crowsnest Antiques in Pateley Bridge, near Harrogate, have been in business for 25 years and as well as their shop they sell 19th and 20th century furniture, mirrors, lamps and glass from two buildings at the Hemswell centres.

Linda is full of praise for Miller and his running of the business during lockdown, saying: “His virtual tours are very successful at bringing in overseas clients who are buying in bulk. The increased web presence has been good for all of us in terms of sales.

“We are very much a family at Hemswell; we have weathered the lockdowns and are in good spirits.”