Sunderland curiosity shop stars in BBC antiques show

David Whitfield from The Old Curiosity Shop on Roker Baths Road, Roker. The shop has been filmed as part of the BBC's Antiques Roadtrip series.
David Whitfield from The Old Curiosity Shop on Roker Baths Road, Roker. The shop has been filmed as part of the BBC's Antiques Roadtrip series.
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SHOPKEEPER David Whitfield turned TV star for charity.

David, who runs The Old Curiosity Shop in Roker Baths Road, starred in BBC2’s Antique Road Trip last night.

The show sees antiques experts travel the country in pairs, searching for treasures to make the most money at auction, with the proceeds going to the corporation’s Children in Need appeal.

David had a whirlwind visit from furniture and silver expert Margie Cooper, who went head-to-head with David Barby, who died shortly after filming.

This week sees them travel from Alnwick to Lincoln, and yesterday they were in Sunderland, where Margie was impressed by David’s shop.

“They just rang me up to ask if I wanted to be on the show and I agreed,” he said. “So they said they would come out.

“They came in July and did about half an hour of filming. I was a little bit nervous but it all went fine.

“They were very nice people – the whole crew was nice.”

Margie Cooper bought a newel – a staircase post – from the shop for £40 and David was looking forward to seeing last night’s show to find out how much it raised for charity.

But at auction it did not catch the eyes of the audience, making a loss at £20.

David was not the first in his family to have an antiques-related claim to TV fame.

“My son Callum was on the Antiques Roadshow in 2006,” he said.