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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Antique expert brings gavel to town

ANTIQUE expert Philip Serrell will be hoping to uncover a priceless heirloom when he brings his auctioneer’s gavel to Whitehaven next month.

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Philip Serrell

By Andrew Clarke

Philip – a regular television expert on Bargain Hunt and Flog It! – is the latest big name to be confirmed for the Western Lakes Home and Garden Show in town on May 16 and 17.

Joining Philip, an expert in Royal Worcester, will be fellow auctioneers and valuers Hugh Gregory (fine art and jewellery expert), Steve Lee (medals, toys and coins) and Steve Parkinson (pottery and porcelain).

Gerard Richardson, chief executive of event organisers Whitehaven Festival Company, said: “If anyone has items gathering dust that they have always been curious about then this is the chance to do something about it.”

Mr Richardson added that extra security arrangements can be made for those who wish to have particularly valuable items appraised.

The antique experts will join a host of celebrities from the worlds of cookery, gardening and decor in Whitehaven to give demonstrations, offer tips and meet fans in 32 shows.

They include wine connoisseur Oz Clarke; Countryfile presenter James Wong; gardeners and TV presenters Toby Buckland and Charlie Dimmock; Anna Ryder Richardson and Linda Barker, of Changing Rooms fame; Britain’s Best Bakery’s Peter Sidwell; celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and former Coronation Street star turned award-winning cheese-maker Sean Wilson.

The iconic BBC Radio 4 show Gardeners’ Question Time will be recorded live on Whitehaven harbour on May 16 (1pm), and there will be over 100 stalls from local and national stores.

The event is sponsored by Nuclear Management Partners, Energy Solutions, Babcock and Wilcox, Balfour Beatty, Costains and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

Tickets for all of the shows on Friday, May 16, have been reduced to £1.50. Those on Saturday, May 17 are £3 each.

Whitehaven Festival Company has extended thanks to Energy Solutions for its sponsorship which allows for the Friday discount.

The only price exception is Oz Clarke’s two wine-tastings, which remain at £6. All tickets available from Richardsons of Whitehaven, on Lowther Street (01946 65334).

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