Flog It, the popular BBC One antiques programme presented by Paul Martin, is set to visit Huddersfield on Friday 10 February. The Bristol based BBC production recently filmed its 1000th episode and the 16th series is currently being recorded. The show regularly achieves an audience of over two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.
Huddersfield Town Hall will be hosting the Flog It valuation day. Members of the public are invited to visit the Town Hall with up to three antiques or collectables they might be interested in selling. Once valued the owner and a team of experts decide whether an object is filmed and gets sent to Gary Don Auctions in Leeds for inclusion in their sale on Tuesday 28 February.
Everyone who goes along to the valuation day will receive a free appraisal of their items – even if their antiques are not chosen for filming or to go forward for auction.
Flog It has made many significant finds over its sixteen series, including in North Lincolnshire a rare Aboriginal Broad Shield that had been kept hidden away in a viewer’s wardrobe which was brought along to a valuation day, it went on to sell at auction for £30,000! Flog It experts also discovered an unusual Royal Doulton Spook figurine in Blackpool which had been bought at a car boot sale for £2; it went on to sell at auction for £5000.
Paul Martin, presenter of Flog It said “I’m really pleased to be bringing the show back to Huddersfield; our last visit was 12 years ago when we filmed at the Galpharm Stadium. I’m looking forward to the valuation day at the Town Hall and hope as many people as possible will come along for a free valuation.”
Cllr Turner Cabinet Member for Resources and Creative Kirklees said: “The opportunity to host this popular TV programme is great for Huddersfield Town Hall and Kirklees in general. Huddersfield Town Hall is one of our greatest assets and I look forward to seeing it featured on TV. The show gives local people the chance to shine and show off Kirklees to the rest of the country.”
“I am sure the residents of Kirklees will enter into the spirit of the programme, and will bring along many varied items to have valued. Let’s hope that we find a rare item that can entertain the viewing audience, and perhaps make someone some money.”
The BBC will be making four editions of the show featuring Huddersfield Town Hall and they will be transmitted within eighteen months of recording. Paul Martin will be joined at the valuation day by on screen experts Mark Stacey, Christina Trevanion and Nick Davies.
BBC Flog It will be at Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA between 9.30am and 4.00pm on Friday 10 February. The items selected for filming at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Gary Don Auctions, Leeds on Tuesday 28 February.