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In the past, the Northern Antiques Fair, the oldest provincial fair in the country, has always been a Harrogate event and Mr Bailey staged it in the Pavilions of Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Showground in recent years.

But for a fair which was once among the most prestigious outside of London, a showground setting was hardly ideal and the organiser is aware that Harewood is a virtual relaunch for his flagship provincial fair.

Harewood House is the stately home of the Earl and Countess of Harewood and has never before been used as a fairs venue.

The seventh Earl is pretty far down the line of accession but, at a stretch, Mr Bailey is justified in claiming this is the first time ever that a Royal residence has been used for an antiques fair.

Harewood has, of course, already entered the modern aristocracy having been used as a location in many television dramas.

Either way, the 18th century mansion, which was decorated by Robert Adam and houses a renowned collection of original Chippendale furniture, is potentially an ideal setting for the northern fair.

Expect around 70 exhibitors.