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But the owners remain confident over the future of the much-loved event, writes Frances Allitt.

The Jockey Club, which owns the racecourse, submitted plans to redevelop the site for housing, it was announced last week. If plans are approved the project would commence in 2021 at the earliest.

Sunbury Antiques owner Edward Cruttenden said: “Sunbury Antiques will continue whatever happens. Unfortunately at the moment it’s being made to sound like there are bulldozers at the front gate. That just isn’t the case and for us, it’s business as usual.”

He added that he had already received a number of messages of support, and over the next 18 months the market will be liaising with the Jockey Club as the situation develops.

General outcry over the threatened closure has been widespread. Within hours of the announcement a Save Kempton Park Twitter account went live, gaining more than 700 followers on its first day.

“In the end, the Jockey Club announcement is what it is, but Sunbury Antiques Market will go on,” Cruttenden said.