AARON Dean, one half of Whitchurch-based auctioneers Trevanion and Dean has left the business after four years following a decision to move to the north-west.

Christina Trevanion, the other half of the auctioneers firm has bought out Aaron's share, and has since added new staff to the business.

Christina and Aaron met while studying at university before embarking on starting their own auction house in the town in 2014.

Speaking of his departure, Aaron said: "I am delighted that Christina is now taking over the business, I look forward to watching it flourish under her leadership.

"I have had a wonderful four years at Trevanion and Dean, full of fun and laughter, and it is now time for me to move on."

In the first two months of solo operations, Christina has made new appointments.

"I have been delighted to welcome lots of friendly new faces to Trevanion and Dean," said Christina.

The re-structure has seen the arrival of Ian Woodward, a furniture, works of art and clocks cataloguer who moves to the auctioneers from Wright Marshall, while two new trainee valuers in Elizabeth Oliver and Simon Grover support the existing valuers and Helena Waudby, a qualified diamond grader joins the jewellery department.

Christina added: "The arrival of our new team members strengthens and expands our existing cataloguing and auctioneering team.

"We are fully committed to continuing to be able to offer the people of Shropshire, Cheshire, Wales and the surrounding area the high levels of customer service they expect from their local auction house, while providing them with an international platform on which to offer their treasured possessions."

The firms first auction of their autumn series is on Saturday, September 14 and includes entries from local country house Edge Hall.

The items are open for public viewing on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13.