Obituary: Robert Barley

Robert was born on September 1, 1945, the third of four children, Andy Jones writes. He attended Dartford Grammar school where he was befriended by Mick Jagger – who was so impressed by Robert’s ability to play two recorders simultaneously that he invited Robert to join his band!

However, quickly bored by this, Robert moved on to become an active member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). On leaving school he worked in various jobs but soon developed his love of buying at jumble sales and bric-a-brac stalls into his means of earning a living. I remember him telling me that he started with a suitcase to carry his goods in and £20 that he borrowed from his father. Robert began trading at the Royal Standard in Blackheath, then ...