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Near to my heart

With a 25th birthday party, an influx of some seriously good newcomers joining the backbone of original exhibitors who have created the club like atmosphere of this very special annual event, the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair is heading for a champagne cork popping, crowd pleasing, vintage event from 6-9 March 2014.

This quirky but amazingly successful little fair held in the wonky old Pavilion in Bath gave me my first taster of the antiques trade back in 1989.

Originally owned by Bath based dealer Robin Coleman, the Fair is now owned by Sue Ede of Cooper Events who asked me to stay on as consultant to help her navigate the unfamiliar waters of the decorative trade!

This year a posse from The Antiques Young Guns movement will be showcasing at the fair on a bespoke pavilion.  This lively group of acorns are fast growing to big oaks of the trade and I cannot believe it is less than a year since we launched the AYG movement at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 

The 25th birthday party at the Fair is when we will unveil the names of the 12 mentors - aka Antiques Heavy Artillery who will play a big role in the Young Gun of the Year awards 2014.  Alfies Antiques in Marylebone will host our awards ceremony party and another king or queen Young Gun will take the crown for the next year.

One of my partners in the business of Young Guns, George Johnson of Lady Kentmores himself a Young Gun has constantly amazed me with his refreshing, positive and energetic approach to the trade - as typified in this video - a prelude to his first appearance at Bath.