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Before he died in a motorcycle accident in July, Mr Allen, was organising an auction of promises for the all-girls private boarding school where he was both a governor and chairman of the Moreton Hall Foundation.

In association with Stephen Whittaker of Birmingham’s Fellow and Sons (who has a daughter at the school), Halls of Shrewsbury will now conduct the sale with funds raised going to the Richard Allen Award. Tickets for the Friday auction – a black tie event that includes dinner – are available from the Foundation on 01691 773 671 or email: auction@moretonhall.com