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Derek Hodge is celebrating after serving more than half a century with the same company.
Senior Partner for Ibbett Mosely Dr Robert Wickham led the toast to Head Auctioneer Derek Hodge's amazing service with Ibbett Mosely at an event at St Julian's in Kent on 29th March.
Derek joined Ibbett Mosely in 1959 and rose to become the Partner in charge of auctions, fine arts and probate valuations. He has a practice extending over the whole South East of England with a particular specialism on silver.
Dr Wickham paid tribute to Derek's loyalty to the Ibbett Mosely over such a long period and his expertise within the antiques world. A milestone in his career was the opening of the dedicated auction room in 2010 situated in Argyle Road purchased and owned by Ibbett Mosely with regular auctions every month throughout the year except for August.
As part of the event, Derek held a charity auction that raised more than £200 for The League of Friends of Sevenoaks Hospital.
Derek acknowledged an old cliché when talking about his time with Ibbett Mosely and said that; “Having worked for Ibbett Mosely, or Ibbett Mosely Card & Co, as it used to be known, for 53 years, it has been more than a job to me; it has been a way of life.
I have been privileged to have had such an interesting and varied profession, one needing a degree of compassion and sensitivity. It’s more like a hobby, with some remuneration at the end of the month!”
Ibbett Mosely has resumed regular property auctions having had a successful event in November last year led by Alan White. Alan takes over as lead Partner although Derek remains a Partner and will continue work part time and Alan looks forward to expanding the department working with the other sections of the Ibbett Mosely group.
Best known for its residential and commercial property services, Ibbett Mosely offers a complete range of integrated property services, from selling, letting and property management to planning consultancy and design, surveying, architectural services and town planning. The award-winning company also owns an auction house in Sevenoaks specialising in furniture, antiques and fine art, and soon to include property.