A treasure trove

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SCARBOROUGH will delve into a veritable treasure trove of history when a major television show visits the town.

The BBC favourite Antiques Roadshow will stop off in Scarborough on Thursday, with residents urged to dust off heirlooms and relics for valuation.

Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce

The show will be filmed in the Spa, headed by presenter Fiona Bruce, with a plethora of experts, including Eric Knowles, Judith Miller and Geoffrey Munn on hand to offer free estimations and advice on items.

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

Simon Shaw, series editor, said he hoped the visit to Scarborough would continue the programme’s fine history of unearthing huge – and interesting – finds.

He said: “As a television producer it is 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.”

However, people have been advised to get to the venue early to ensure their treasures and trinkets are pored over by experts.

A spokesman added: “Provided people are in the main queue by 4.30pm we guarantee that you will get to see a specialist.

“However, be aware that if there is a high turnout of visitors to the roadshow, it is possible that you may have to wait several hours before you see an expert.

“The best advice we can offer is to bring along any items that you would like to have valued, or are simply curious about, and our experts will look at them for you.

“Please note that we do not have experts who specialise in stamps, coins or musical instruments, although some of our specialists may be able to help to a limited extent with these items.”

The show will be at the Spa from 9.30am to 4.30pm and entry is free.