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This event, which was co-launched by, and is still run in association with, the British Antique Dealers Association, is not to be confused with The Harrogate Antique and Fine Art Fair which is held in the same venue each spring and has been put together by Mrs Walker for the past 30 years.

The organiser certainly knows the hinterland and over the years has been instrumental in reinforcing Harrogate's status as antiques capital of the North.

So it is not too surprising that in a relatively short time she has firmly established this fair as a class fixture attracting top dealers, and a waiting list.

There are some 70 exhibitors, around half of them members of BADA, and familiar names include London jewellers Licht and Morrison, period silver specialist J.H. Bourdon-Smith, from Kent Lennox Cato with his distinctively decorative furniture and objects, and Finching-field Orientalist Laura Bordignon.

From Harrogate comes early oak dealer Elaine Phillips, Walker Galleries, whose stock of 19th century paintings will include work by Yorkshire artists, and Sutcliffe Galleries, whose director Helen Sutcliffe is the Northern representative of BADA and was closely involved in the launch of this fair.

Joining the fair for the first time are Elaine Saunderson from Sussex with period furniture, Ged Selby from Skipton with antique glass and Holly Johnson Antiques from Cheshire.

Also making their debut are the top London art dealers MacConnal-Mason, who show at Maastricht, New York and Palm Beach. Although long based in St. James's, MacConnal-Mason were founded in Harrogate in 1893 and maintain a strong client base in the area.

Admission is £7.50