Last call from abbey-bound ‘Antiques Roadshow’ team

THE EXPERTS of BBC TV’s celebrated ‘Antiques Roadshow’ are primed as the countdown continues to the programme’s arrival at historic Newstead Abbey.

Treasures will be revealed and valued at the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron when the filming team sets on Thursday June 14.

Now the producers are encouraging locals who have large items they cannot transport to the abbey to take one last opportunity to be involved in the show.

For they can contact the programme with details and photographs of the objects before two of the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ team arrive in Nottinghamshire this weekend with a dossier of items.

They will visit as many people as possible and select some of the bulky items, which will be transported by the BBC to the abbey where presenter Fiona Bruce and some of the country’s leading antiques and fine-art specialists will be on hand.

To contact the BBC team, e-mail antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk.

Producers are hoping for a similar success to the last time they visited the county at Southwell Minster in 2008.

Among the treasures found on that day was a Paul Storr silver centrepiece valued at £30,000.

Doors open at the abbey next Thursday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm and entry is free. More than 1,500 visitors are expected to flock to the Dispatch district’s top tourist attraction.