Antiques Roadshow drives into Durham

The BBC Antiques Road Show at Durham Cathedral on Thursday.
The BBC Antiques Road Show at Durham Cathedral on Thursday.
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HUNDREDS of people brought treasured family heirlooms to Durham Cathedral for a recording of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

Presenter Fiona Bruce and the programme’s usual panel of experts mingled with the visitors in the main cathedral building and the cloisters.

Among those enjoying the day were Mildred and John Metcalfe.

They brought several items from their home in Easington Lane.

“We have a clock, some jewellery and one or two other bits and pieces,” said Mildred.

“None is of high value, but it was interesting to find out more about them.

“We are waiting to find out more about a pair of moccasins.

“The story behind them relates to one of my ancestors who died in Toronto in 1912.

“His wife had a small child, and the native Indians made the moccasins for the child.

“They also helped the mother get passage on a boat back home.”

Theresa Dawson from Bedlington in Northumberland was waiting patiently in the queue to get expert opinion on a large pair of mounted cow horns.

“They’ve been in the family for a long time,” she said. “We’ve been told they are from America.

“There’s a metal hook on the horns, so it looks like they were mounted on something.

“Perhaps they were on the bonnet of a Cadillac.

“I don’t suppose they have any value, but it will be fun finding out more about them.”

Brenda Lawton, from Brandon, near Durham City, found out more about a glass jug which has been in her family for more than 100 years.

She said: “We were told they usually came as a pair and were a typical wedding present in working class families.

“The glass was heated and then painted very quickly, usually by women, before it cooled down.

“You can see the decoration looks like it was done in a hurry.

“It was nice to find out more about the jug, and there’s been a very good atmosphere here today.

“We’ve enjoyed ourselves.”

Fiona Bruce said it was her first time in Durham.

“We arrived on the day before the public day,” she said.

“I’ve done some outside filming, and had a chance to have a brief look around Durham.

“I like it, there is so much history.

“On the recording day I will be talking to the visitors.

“I often spend a lot of time at the reception area because it’s a good place to pick up stories.

“It’s the stories behind the things people bring which interest me more than the valuations.”

The producers hope to make two programmes from their visit to Durham.

Transmission dates have not been set, but are likely to be in spring of next year.