Antiques Road Trip visits Scarborough

Antiques Road Trip presenter Claire Rawle and Scarborough Museums Trust Collections Manager Jennifer Dunne outside Scarborough Art Gallery
picture: Tony Bartholomew

Antiques Road Trip presenter Claire Rawle and Scarborough Museums Trust Collections Manager Jennifer Dunne outside Scarborough Art Gallery picture: Tony Bartholomew

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An expert from the popular BBC programme Antiques Road Trip paid a visit to Scarborough Museums Trust to look at the trust’s collection of vintage tunny fishing equipment and memorabilia.

The show has established a winning format in which two experts tour the country in vintage cars buying antiques to take to auction, with all profits going to Children in Need. Each expert also visits a place of interest, looking at antiques in museums and historic houses.

Driving a 1971 TVR Tuscan new presenter Claire Rawle, who also presents on Bargain Hunt and Flog It, visited the Museums Trust to see items relating to the period between the 1930s and the 1950s when millionaires and movie stars visited Scarborough to hunt the tunny – now better known as the tuna – fish.

They included a rod and harness once owned by local hotelier Tom Laughton, brother of film star Charles.

Claire said: “I’d never heard of this before – it’s a fabulous story.

“We tend to associate tuna with warmer waters, but 80 years ago, people were catching these massive fish off Scarborough!”

The episode of Antiques Road Trip featuring Scarborough, presented by Claire and fellow expert Paul Laidlaw and produced by STV, will air in September.

It features a road trip from the North East to the Midlands, travelling mainly down the East coast.