Treasure aboard HMS Warrior for antiques show

Paul Martin hosts the TV antiques programme Flog It from HMS Warrior inside the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth
Paul Martin hosts the TV antiques programme Flog It from HMS Warrior inside the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

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STEEPED in history, HMS Warrior was the perfect location for people to go and get their treasures valued for an antique’s programme.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard yesterday played host to BBC TV show Flog It!

Scores of people visited the dockyard with treasured antiques and got them valued.

Among them was Gordon Brown, of Harbour Towers, Gosport.

He took a Jolly Sailor flag from submarine HMS Tantalus.

The 66-year-old said: ‘It belonged to my father Jack from the Second World War.

‘He worked as a telegraphist and was the youngest crew member on board at the age of 20.

‘Because of that he got the flag.

‘But he died aged 46, so the flag was passed on to me and I didn’t know much about it.

‘His friend told me some information about it.

‘I came along to see what it might be worth, I don’t want to sell it, but think it would be good in a museum.’

The show’s presenter Paul Martin was on hand to look at items, which will be shown over four shows later this year.

He said: ‘HMS Warrior was a phenomenal place to record the show and has added a new dimension to the show.

‘It gives us a glimpse of history and takes us back in time.

‘We saw a lot of family silverware, some Clarice Cliff and a few bronzes.

‘The people make this show so special.

‘Items are always better when there’s a personal story attached to them.’

Mike Windsor, 64, of Lee-on-the-Solent had brought along a 1827 patent naval officer sword.

Mike, a retired supply officer, said: ‘I saw the event being advertised and thought I would bring the sword along.

‘I had bought it 40 years ago and used it for 20 years while I was in the navy.

‘Traditionally you pass it on to someone in your family, but there isn’t anyone to pass it on to.

‘So I came along to see what it was worth.

‘I had thought about selling it on eBay, but I have never seen one on there and not sure it’s the right place.

‘Here I spoke to people that have some knowledge on this.’

Items of interest are taken forward to an auction to see if they sell.

It takes place near Winchester on Tuesday, June 12.