Two stalwarts of BBC Sunday night viewing managed to be in the same town, the same week. Last week the Antiques Roadshow, hosted by Fiona Bruce, was filmed in Beverley Minster and two episodes of Songs of Praise, hosted by Aled Jones, were also filmed in the Minster and in the historic town of Beverley and its Grammar School. The people of Beverley, in West Yorkshire, were very proud to have two such popular TV shows being filmed in their town in the same week.
With the Antiques Roadshow and it selection of antiques brought for valuation came some interesting stories. A 64 year old man from Hull brought with him a piece of shrapnel belonging to his father who had been a gunner on HMS Ajax. The shrapnel had just missed his father, but managed to decapitate his father’s mate and killed 3-4 others. Although rather ghoulish, the piece impressed expert Graham Lay as a memento of the Battle of the River Plate, one of the most famous naval battles of WWII. Another contestant brought along a hand drawn map of the world from the 1680s which was valued at £3,000-£5,000. Expert Dendy Easton said that had the restoration been better, it would have been worth £10,000.
Both programmes are due to be aired by the BBC in September. The Rev Jeremy Fletcher, the vicar of Beverly Minster, said that everyone had enjoyed the filmings tremendously and that it had been a very busy week.
When searching for interesting objects and antique tables in Preston, Lancashire, local dealers will be often be able to supply interesting pieces of information attached to these items.
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