The three dealers who have opened the new antiques centre in Dorking are (l to r) Mark Holden, Eddie Hawkins and David Whalley.

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Mark Holden, Eddie Hawkins and David Whalley, who between them cover antique maps, period furniture, silver and glass, decided that an empty Victorian building in the antiques-rich Surrey town was an opportunity not to be missed.

A former antiques centre itself, the building was refurbished and opened as Dorking Antiques on Saturday, August 1, with 20 dealers.

Holden said: “If the first day is anything to go on it should be a huge success. We will certainly work to make it so. Dealer Gill Coe was just as enthusiastic, saying: “I’ve been dealing for 30 years and am really happy to be in this super new centre. I sold lots of items on the first day so was very pleased.”