TWO north east Fife antique dealers were the stars of the show when they were filmed for a programme being recorded as part of a celebrity ‘Children in Need’.
Ken Robb, who owns Kingdom Antiques in Cupar, opened the doors of his Bonnygate emporium to allow the BBC to film part of an episode of the ‘Antiques Road Trip’ programme.
Accompanying the camera crews were well-known ITV News presenter Alastair Stewart and antiques expert Catherine Southon, who fronts BBC’s Bargain Hunt and provides expert advice on Antiques Roadshow.
Ken explained the pair bought three items which will later be sold off at an auction in Kent with any profits made from the sale going to Children in Need.
Without wishing to reveal the identity of the items purchased, Ken said: “The pieces have great appeal and I hope they will help raise a lot of money for the charity.”
He also revealed that during the visit music fan and former Madras College pupil Alastair Stewart was persuaded to pick up one of the guitars Ken has for sale and play a short rift of The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t get No) Satisfaction’.
“They were here for around two hours, explained Ken, “and they were very interested in the items I have for sale particularly the Russian art.”
Also being filmed for the show last Tuesday was Bob Beveridge, owner of the violin and antique shop in Falkland.
The celebrity visitor in this case was Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark who was accompanied by well-known antiques expert Philip Serell.
Bob explained: “The format is to attempt to purchase an item at a much reduced price,thus increasing the hope of achieving a profit when the auction takes place later on in Kent.
“I eventually caved in to Kirsty’s persuasive powers and accepted a much reduced value on the particular sale, but at the end of the day.
“The publicity on nationwide television will benefit not only my shop but Fife tourism, because the attractive historical beauty of Falkland was also included in the filming.”
The show is scheduled to be aired later this year.