Former LAA secretary passes away

The auctioneering sector lost one of its stalwarts yesterday when former LAA secretary John Martin passed away.

John, who spent most of his life as an auctioneer with Ashford-based Hobbs Parker, took on the LAA role at the end of his selling career and served as LAA secretary in the 1990s.

Having known John personally for all my life, and been honoured to be his guest speaker at last autumn’s Romney Sheep Breeders Society dinner, the world is certainly a poorer place for his passing and I send my heartfelt condolences to his family at this time.