Hopefuls dream of discovering treasure at Flog It! filming

Flog It!'s host Paul Martin at the Royal Marines Museum 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (161282-4)
Flog It!'s host Paul Martin at the Royal Marines Museum Picture: Ian Hargreaves (161282-4)
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TRINKETS, collectables and antiques were just some of the treasures offered up for valuation at a television programme’s filming today.

The makers of BBC’s Flog It! took over the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney and hundreds of people picked up items from their homes and took them along to get them valued.

Expert Charles Hanson 
Picture Ian Hargreaves (161282-1)

Expert Charles Hanson Picture Ian Hargreaves (161282-1)

Among the hopefuls were husband and wife Ged and Anne Dearman, from Gosport.

They brought along a collection of five walking sticks, which were valued at about £100.

Anne, 68, said: ‘It has been a very interesting day. It has been excellent.’

Anne Whittall, 70, from Hayling Island, brought along an array of Manchester United memorabilia, including programmes, badges and a rattle. She said: ‘It has been fantastic.’

People had come from all over for the show.

Leslie Vincent, 71, came from the Isle of Wight with pre-1910 postcards,

He said: ‘They were left to my wife by her cousin. They will be quite interesting for somebody.’

Presenter Paul Martin proved to be a star attraction as he filmed the show, due to be aired next year in its 16th series. He was joined by experts Charles Hanson, Catherine Southon and Katherine Higgins.

Paul said: ‘It has been busy, the sun has been shining, everybody is happy.

‘We’re overlooking the sea in this wonderfully historic museum. This museum is one of the best on the south coast. It’s a big part of our heritage, so it is important that more people know about it and support it so that it continues in this location.

‘There’s a real sense of pride here and we have heard lots of interesting stories. It’s all about the stories and people.’

The show attracts audiences of more than two million and by the time this episode airs, it will have been going for more than 1,060 episodes.

More than 1,000 people went along to the day, making it one of the biggest in this series.

Four shows will be made from the footage.

Items picked from the day will go to auction at Henry Adams Auctioneers in Chichester on Thursday, December 1.

The show will also be filming on January 14 at Bristol Cathedral.