Mike Mills, of Antique Interiors, left, Sid the skeleton, centre, and Simon Winterburn, right, NatWest’s regional relationship manager, pictured at Mills’ new trade warehouse at Hemswell, near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. It was NatWest’s funding loan which enabled the purchase and refurbishment of the building, now open for business as Antiques & Retro.

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Having outgrown their premises, the couple have now relocated to a 7000 sq ft building at Hemswell, the former RAF station near Gainsborough well known for antiques dealers, calling their new trade business Antiques & Retro.

The building’s dual chimney was for drying parachutes, apparently. The Millses run the trade warehouse with their three children, Holly, April and Jamie.

Mike says of the family’s new venture: “After the building’s full refurbishment we will be selling antiques and retro here – mid-century furniture is what we are best known for, but along with this I shall return to Victorian and Edwardian antiques which are currently selling well.”

Antiques & Retro’s warehouse is at Unit 6, Gibson Road, Hemswell, Lincs DN21 5TL.