Celebrity antiques experts film at Bideford

The BBC arrived in Bideford with cameras on Wednesday to film for a popular antiques show.

BIDEFORD was filled with timeless relics on Wednesday as two celebrity antiques experts came to scour the town for treasures.

Auctioneers Charles Hanson and James ‘Bingo’ Braxton visited the antiques fair in Bideford Pannier Market to film for the popular BBC show, Antiques Road Trip.

The duo went head-to-head in search of treasures among the many traders at the market, before heading to Lostwithiel in Cornwall to auction their finds.

Mr Hanson said: “We want to try to find objects which show great heritage from the local area; it’s great to uncover treasure from the area which speaks volumes of the past.

“We will take our finds to auction and the premise of the show is to see who makes the most. Without quoting any figures, let’s just say team Hanson is doing well.”

The fair, organised by Old Bridge Antiques saw the market opposite filled with traders and experts from all over the region.

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Owner Sue Wade, said: “We have been very busy; we are trying to regenerate the Pannier Market and we hope this will be first of many events like this for the future.”

Inside the market, traders offered an array of antiques and collectables, and hungry mouths were met with portions of paella for lunch, celebrating the town’s fishing heritage.

A vintage bus also provided a fun form of transport around the town.

Richard White, from Studio C Antiques and Collectables in Torrington, was one of many traders at the fair.

He said: “There was a great deal of interest in the BBC coming to film here, and a very eclectic mix of all manner of things for customers to browse. I think it makes the market look very attractive to visitors.”

The BBC could not comment on when the show will be aired this early in the production schedule.

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