Auction scene brought backs lots of memories

PUBLISHED: 10:12 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:53 11 May 2010

It was great to see Kennedys auction picture in The Crow (Oct 9). It brought back lovely memories for me. I came to Barley in 1953 and went to the auction every Wednesday and Saturday. Tommy Housdon was in charge then, and half the market was for furnitur

It was great to see Kennedys auction picture in The Crow (Oct 9). It brought back lovely memories for me.

I came to Barley in 1953 and went to the auction every Wednesday and Saturday.

Tommy Housdon was in charge then, and half the market was for furniture and bric-a-brac, and the other half was for livestock and deadstock.

Down the middle was a rail for pheasant, hares, and rabbits in braces. The farmers would bring their game in, and as a game dealer I would pick out the best lots and then stand at the back and bid for them.

I also got some good bargains in the other side, including a lovely glass cabinet, which I still have to this day.

When they closed down the auction, they also closed down Royston and it's getting worse. I was 92 years old this year, so I have seen the good, and now the bad.

Eddie Edwards

Shaftenho End

Barley


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