August 30, 2008

Dig Out Those Family Heirlooms

IF you've always wondered whether that family heirloom in the attic has anything more than sentimental value, then tomorrow is your chance to find out.

The Antiques Roadshow is coming to town with its team of valuation experts - and its new host Fiona Bruce.

It will be filmed at The Sage Gateshead from 9.30am to 4.30pm and entry is free.

Steven Moore, from Wallsend, will be one of the leading antiques and fine art specialists on hand to help with valuations and advice and the show will be screened as part of the TV favourite's new series - its 31st.

Like many people, newsreader and Crimewatch presenter Fiona has watched the show since childhood.

She said: "It's not often that you get a chance to do a programme you like to watch."

She's picking up knowledge and tips from the experts and says she loves hearing the stories behind the pieces brought in by members of the public - and big surprises certainly can be just around the corner.

She tells of one man whose painting, bought for about pounds 8,000, was valued at pounds 200,000.

"He was absolutely astonished!" she laughed.

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