Excitement for TV treasure hunt

Antique experts from BBC's television programme, Flog It!, filming at Blackpool Tower Circus. Below - an audience member gets a valuation.

Antique experts from BBC's television programme, Flog It!, filming at Blackpool Tower Circus. Below - an audience member gets a valuation.

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A HUNT for antique treasures saw hundreds of hopefuls take their belongings to be valued in an iconic venue.

Experts from the popular BBC daytime show Flog It! cast their eye over a host of paintings, ornaments and pieces of family history during its debut at the Tower Circus.

An audience member gets a valuation.

An audience member gets a valuation.

Queues started to form outside the attraction hours before filming started as people held on to the hope of having an undiscovered fortune.

Ian Hawkins, head of Merlin Entertainment in Blackpool which operates the Tower, said: “There were 200 people queuing up before we started and it was great to see.

“Mooky and Mr Boo brought in their old circus uniforms to be valued.”

The Flog It! team was led by antique expert Paul Martin as items picked out to be auctioned off at Gerrards Auction Rooms in Lytham on November 8.

The rare pieces brought to be valued included a silver Edwardian bracelet and a tea set from the 1700s which would both fetch more than £1,000 at auction.

Other treasures put in front of the cameras were an African mask and a teddy which had been in one man’s family for more than eight decades.

Heidi Ellert, series producer, said: “Paul Martin and the entire Flog It! team were really pleased to bring the show to Blackpool.

“The Circus provides the perfect setting for our valuation day event, it is a stunning and very historic location. We had a very big turn out and Blackpool proved to be a very popular place for collectables.”

Mr Hawkins says Blackpool is starting to benefit from the BBC’s frequent filming trips to the resort.

He added: “It’s a great day and we need more of these events.

“We need to look forward to new opportunities like Flog It! and Who Do You Think You Are? because there’s no doubt companies like the BBC know about the town’s gems they are filming in.

“Blackpool will get a name for itself and companies will come back which is great because it’s always nice to get some positive television coverage.”

Kate Shane, general manager of The Blackpool Tower, added: “The visitors enjoyed a wonderful day.”

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