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Crowds show for Walthamstow Roadshow

Residents turned out in force for the filming of the Antiques Roadshow at Waltham Forest Town Hall on 31 August, bringing keepsakes from attics and mantelpieces the length and breadth of the borough.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said, “It was great to see so many people enjoying the day and bringing so many interesting antiques for the experts to assess. Household treasures and car boot bargains alike were presented for inspection and more than a few hidden gems were uncovered.”

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists ran their eye over the variety of objects that were brought along by local people. As well as the all-important valuation, the experts were also on hand to offer free advice and some invaluable background relating to family heirlooms.

The show will form part of Antiques Roadshow’s 37th series, which is due to be screened on BBC1 early next year. Presenter Fiona Bruce said, “This will be my seventh year on the show and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme.

“Every week 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 the most fabulous Fabergé to the most humble object with a riveting story.”

Chris added, “We did what we could to encourage the Antiques Roadshow to come here and I think they were pleased they did. We’re a borough with a rich heritage and after all those country estates I think we provided them with something both interesting and different.” 

PHOTO: Fiona Bruce with the crowds gathered at Waltham Forest Town Hall.

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