PENDLE people came out in force armed with antiques on Saturday as David Dickinson was in town to film an episode of his television programme.
The popular ITV daytime show “Dickinson’s Real Deal” was being filmed at Pendle Leisure Centre on Crown Way and an estimated 2,000 joined the dash for cash.
Despite filming not starting until 9 a.m., crowds queued around the block to the Crown Hotel from 7-30 a.m. with people loaded up with items of interest for the antiques experts.
The swashbuckling perma-tanned presenter was also on hand to offer advice to those with “bobby dazzlers” which included a wood carving of an eagle and jewellery. On both occasions money in excess of £2,000 was turned down in favour of a trip to auction but a ring was sold for over £1,000 in the biggest deal of the day.
Julie Wilmore, Pendle Leisure Centre manager, said: “It went absolutely brilliantly. The film crew said it was the most successful one they had done for years because it was so popular. The filming actually overran till about 6-30 p.m. because there were so many people and we’re hoping to do it again around this time next year.
“There is still some filming to be done when the items go up for auction at Clitheroe Auction Mart and the programme should be on in October.”
Colne historian Geoff Crambie took a silver football trophy for valuation which once belonged to Tommy Taylor, one of Manchester United’s “Busby Babes” who was killed in the Munich air disaster in 1958.
Mr Crambie said he was eighth in the queue at 7-30 a.m. and first to be filmed, describing the day as “really enjoyable” adding that the valuers were nice chaps and that it was good to meet David Dickinson.