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Thank goodness for the club’s terrace overlooking Hyde Park, where guests gathered to the distant strains of Phil Collins headlining nearby at the British Summer Time concert.

Woolley & Wallis, Forum Auctions, Lawrences of Crewkerne, Roseberys, Sworders and Mallams were among the companies there in force.

Some dealers managed to storm this auctioneer citadel, with speaker BADA president Victoria Borwick noting the “healthy rivalry” between the two camps.

There were tables for under-35s while, higher up on the experience ladder, Halls’ director, SOFAA stalwart and birthday boy Jeremy Lamond was given the honour of tossing the coin for the ‘heads or tails’ game, raising over £1000 for charity.