Antiques show on way to Spa

ANTIQUES fans are being asked to bring their treasures and trinkets to the Antiques Roadshow when it comes to Scarborough next month.

The show will be at the Spa on Thursday May 3 from 9.30am to 4.30pm, with free entry, and experts will be on hand to offer free valuations and advice.

The team were here back in 2003 and saw some exciting items, including the passport of the world’s smallest man found in a skip and dated 1937, a 17th century carved crucifix worth £7,000 and the star item was a beautifully inscribed Scrimshaw carving knife and fork which had been passed down the family for generations.

It was valued on the day at £15,000 and later sold in America for $61,000.

The Antiques Roadshow team is currently asking for letters and emails from people in the area with furniture and large items too big to carry to the show.

Items in the past have included paintings, large pots, bedsteads and even a military cannon. The weekend before the show two of the team will arrive in the area and visit as many of the people who have contacted the show as possible.

Some of these people will have their items transported to the Roadshow by the team and a few lucky ones may end up being filmed on the day.

Series Editor Simon Shaw says: “As a television producer it’s a scary prospect when we turn up for a day’s filming and no knowledge of what might turn up.

“I often look at the queue first thing and say a quiet prayer that there really are interesting pieces in all those bags.

“Amazingly we still keep finding fascinating pieces – and some of the best aren’t necessarily the most valuable.”

It’s not too late to contact the Roadshow if you do have any large items that you would like valued.

Send details and photographs of the objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk.

It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

Among the team of experts at the Spa will be Lars Tharp, Geoffrey Munn, Eric Knowles, Judith Miller and Hilary Kay, along with the other members of the team they will be on hand to offer free valuations and advice to visitors.

Visitors are expected to start queuing early and doors open at 9.30am.

Look out for coverage of the event in the Evening News.