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Issue:- 4 September 2014


A chandelier found in Adolf Hitler's bunker, a tie-pin with a possible connection to Lord Nelson, and a Staffordshire creamware pot that had sat on top of a wardrobe for 25 years, yet was worth £14,300…  These are just some of the Antiques Roadshow discoveries from past visits to Liverpool. Now, the show is back; and asking you to take a peek in your attic, look in the garage or think again about that piece on the sideboard you inherited from Granny; it could be worth something!

The show will be in the Lutyens Crypt at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on 11 September, 2014 at 09:30. Doors close 16:30. Entrance, as always, is free. Presenter Fiona Bruce, now in her 7th year with the Roadshow, says:- "Every episode is different; a new location and thousands of new visitors. The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected; we never know what will turn up, from a dazzling Russian Fabergé egg to an ancient Maori feather holder!"

Many of Britain's leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors. Thinking fast; there is no rehearsal on this show; they can never second guess what might appear at their tables next; be it memorabilia from the last survivor of the Titanic, to a junk shop pot, such as the one brought in by artist Harry Bloom at a show last summer. Purchased for 50p, it was found to have a value of over £5,000.

Series Editor Simon Shaw reveals:- "Antiques Roadshow makes a fantastic day out, not least because it's a unique opportunity to be a part of the making of a national treasure of a television programme. Now in its 37th year, the magic formula of surprising some lucky visitors with truly exciting news about their item still comes true. So join us…it might just be your day."

Anyone keen to attend, but wondering how they might get an item too big or too heavy for their car or public transport to the show, need not worry: the team invites you to send details and photographs of such objects on email or you can write in to:- Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR. It may then be possible to arrange for a visit from one of the team in advance and to have transportation organised to the venue for you, at no charge. Get in touch!

Fascinating facts:-

► The first Antiques Roadshow was filmed on 17 May, 1977 at the Town Hall in Hereford. Among its presenters have been Arthur Negus, Angela Rippon, Hugh Scully, Michael Aspel and now Fiona Bruce.

► There have been 702 programmes made at 534 venues, including eleven overseas sites.

► Some 9 million objects have been valued.

► The team of specialists is 70 strong.

► 20 conversations about an object appear in each episode.

► Some 2,000 to 3,000 (sometimes more) people attend each show; each 1 is guaranteed a free expert opinion on their item.

Formby British legion Monthly Arts & craft fair

SUNDAY 7 September 2014 is Formby British legions Arts and Craft fair. It starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. Rain or shine. It's a fair with local people selling handmade things eg:- pillows, Bird boxes, wooden ornaments, Plates, honey, drinks and food.   Music all day supplied by Scott Harrison and Formby  books Owner, Tony Higginson. Scott and Tony will be raising money for Byng house in Southport, A local charity for ex-servicemen and women. The event will be held at Formby British Legion, on Whitehouse Lane, in Formby.  To see an example of this event, taken a few months ago, please go to:- Youtube.

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