Thousands of antiques fans descend on Seaton Delaval Hall

THOUSANDS of antique lovers descended on Seaton Delaval Hall last week with the hope of uncovering a rare find.

Filming for the BBC1 show Antiques Roadshow, took place at the hall on Thursday, July 14, where an estimated 3,000 visitors arrived to take part in the show.

Fiona Bruce, now in her fourth year of hosting the show, said: “Seaton Delaval Hall is a fantastic location, very atmospheric. “Every programme is different because we are in a different place and we don’t know what items are going to be brought along.

“I suspect we all like to think we have something tucked away that is valuable. Even the most normal objects can have a wonderful story, and that’s what makes it so fascinating.

“I have watched the Antiques Roadshow since I can remember, I watched it with my parents and then I watched it with my husband. I think the appeal is that it isn’t just about antiques – it is history and drama in one.”

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists were on hand to offer free valuations of family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot sale bargains.

Finds included some Northumbrian pipes from the Clough family of Newsham, Blyth.

Janice Clough said: “The Clough family are famous in Blyth as Northumbrian pipers, and my husband’s father was the last of them, and he was the piper for the Duke of Northumberland.

“We had his pipes renovated 19 years ago, and we thought we would see what they were worth, but we have been told they are too specific to value, but they are a worth a minimum of £1,000.

“The expert told us they would benefit more than that from being in a museum.”

Other finds included a glass commemorating the mining disaster at Hartley pit, and a carved figure of Jack Crawford from Sunderland.

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