Mystery stars drop in on Lancashire antiques centre to film for popular BBC show
Celebrity fortune-hunting hopefuls, antiques experts, and a TV film crew made a beeline for a Lancashire treasure trove last week, as the new series of Antiques Road Trip spent the afternoon filming at Lancaster’s GB Antiques Centre.
The popular BBC travelling show sees pairs of contestants and experts go head-to-head on a hunt for the country’s hidden gems. How safe or risky the contestants decide to play it can mean hit or miss at the nail-biting auction at the end of each show.
Adding an extra layer of excitement, filming was for the celebrity version of the show, raising funds for Children in Need. After more 40 years in the business, GB Antiques owner Allan Blackburn admitted it was still a thrill to see the expert’s vintage Triumph driving into the centre.
So does Allan try and steer the teams towards his favourite picks?
He said: “With over 100 individual traders in the centre, something fresh always catches your eye every time you walk through the doors. I love having friendly competitive banter with the experts and with a celebrity special, the celebrity choices can end up a bit off the wall!”
It’s a closely-guarded secret who actually came and what the teams bought, as further research and filming of the items takes place before the all-important auction. So, you’ll have to wait until the programme is aired later in the year to find out exactly what happened.
Allan said filming couldn’t have come at a better time, after the centre had to postpone 2020’s planned 30th anniversary celebrations. He added: “After the toughest year imaginable for everyone, the fact we’re still here at the heart of the Leisure Park is testament to the dedication of our traders, the quality of their items, and the loyalty and enthusiasm of our staff, customers and visitors.”