Gordon and his gavel are going ... going ... gone
GORDON MILLAR, one of the best-known faces in agricultural auctioneering in the West Country, is retiring from Stags in Launceston this month.
After a career that has spanned 45 years he has decided to pack away his gavel and enjoy his retirement.
When he started in 1968, land in the Holsworthy area was selling for £150 per acre and a top-priced dairy cow fetched not a lot more.
Now, with farms in excess of £2 million, land averaging £8,000 per acre and houses regularly more than half a million pounds, he has witnessed an astonishing hike in all type of property prices – as well as battling through four property recessions. He was one of the first West Country auctioneers to sell in decimal coinage, as a furniture sale in Morwenstow was arranged for the day when conversion took place. He also sold a dairy farm by auction on the day that milk quotas began. No one knew on the day, including MAFF as it was then, who should have the quota.
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In 1995 he moved from Kivells to Stags and opened the Stags office at Launceston. This enabled the firm to gain a foothold in Cornwall – and as a result other offices such as Truro, Plymouth, Bideford and Okehampton were opened.
Mr Millar and his wife, Wendy, intend to enjoy travelling, walking and horse racing together, while Mr Millar's hobbies include gardening, fishing, golf and his favourite pastime of birdwatching.