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He replaces Linda Wriggles-worth, who has stepped down to concentrate on her new Chinese style fashion line. Mr Kleanthous, who is also a founder member and chairman of the Portobello Antique Dealers’ Association, runs Kleanthous Antiques, specialists in watches, clocks, jewellery, silver, porcelain and works of art, in Portobello Road with his brother, who started the business there in 1969.

Welcoming the appointment, Lord Howe, chairman of LAPADA, said: “Costas Kleanthous brings with him a wealth of experience not just as a dealer but also in running an association, with which LAPADA already co-operate. We are sorry to lose Linda Wrigglesworth as a member of the Board and are most grateful for her time, advice and expertise over the past six years.”