Antiques show experts visit centre

Guys from the Antiques Road Trip programme filming at Risby barns
Guys from the Antiques Road Trip programme filming at Risby barns
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THE treasures of West Suffolk will feature in the next series of BBC2’s Antiques Road Trip.

The show’s competing comperes Charles Hanson and Charlie Ross finished a day’s filming in the county with a visit to Risby Barns whose neighbouring antiques shops, Risby Barns Antique Centre and Past and Present made it ideal.

The two antiques experts have a budget to buy things they think they can get a better price for at auction.

Both felt Suffolk was a good place for antiques but Charles Hanson found the area interesting for more than that. “The archaeological interest going back to medieval times and beyond is fantastic here,” he said.

“While antiques past the 17th century are interesting, it’s the older finds that are so special. You find something and wonder who’s held it and what it could tell you.”

Charlie said: “It’s rich in antiques here, whether it comes from being near Europe so you’ve got all the European buyers coming over, I don’t know.”

Could it be because the area has historic towns like Bury St Edmunds? Charlie thinks not. “You can get towns steeped in history where they enjoy their antiques and don’t want to sell them because they fit their homes,” he said.

When the show is shown in a few months they will be seen leaving in a 1967 Ford Corsair with a rare Crayford soft top conversion, which actually followed them on a lorry.