Lindsay Burns | A foot in the past, but an eye firmly on the future
As local auctioneers and valuers Lindsay Burns & Co.
approach their silver anniversary, Karen Elwis talks to Nick Burns, son of founders Lindsay
, about life in the fascinating world of antiques.
When local couple Lindsay
and Elspeth Burns celebrated Lindsay's birthday, on 28th January 1982, by setting up their own auctioneering business from a small saleroom in Perth's Canal Street, the idea of their newly founded business celebrating its silver anniversary must have seemed very far away.
Yet despite the distinct scent of history in the air at Lindsay Burns & Co.'s
saleroom, when I meet Nick Burns, son of partners Lindsay
, it's soon clear that the Burns family combine their enthusiasm for things from the past with a forward-looking, modern approach to business.
Apart from Lindsay and Elspeth, Ramsay is the longest-serving member of staff at Lindsay Burns & Co., having been with the company for almost 20 years.
reckons that the reason clients are attracted to their company is their competitive, friendly service which provides a welcome alternative to larger international salerooms.
Or the clock which a young lad had been given for nothing, had hawked around the car boot sale at McDairmaid Park and then brought to Lindsay
- in a plastic bag! - to seek his