Allan Blackburn column

Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park.
Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park.
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Hello again. I hope you all had a good bonfire night.

With the nights really drawing in now, I’ve been watching more television in the evenings and I’ve got loads of stuff I’ve recorded on the hard drive that I need to watch and delete.

Near the bottom of the list is a recording of the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip when they came to my centre exactly two years ago this week.

It was aired on November 18 and I’ve watched it loads, but I love seeing our local area on the box and they had a good tour round calling on us in the middle of their journey.

Anyway I couldn’t help myself, I got myself a coffee and had another watch.

Anita Manning and Philip Serrel, the two resident antiques experts, travelled from Kirkby Lonsdale to Cleveleys in a 1965 Sunbeam Alpine, calling at various antique shops along the way.

They compete to find the best bargains before selling them at auction when they reach their final destination.

They called at Carnforth and even had a snoop around the Judges Lodgings before spending the afternoon with my son Jimmy and me, which was where they had their biggest success.

They found lots of fun items including a croquet style game called Glidoball marked up at 10 shillings, which they bought for £30, and a chair from the Arts and Crafts period, costing £20.

Their favourite purchase was a wonderful Canton vase which Philip got for £50 after a lot of haggling with me.

They then travelled to an auction house in Cleveleys where every item they’d bought from us made a small gain, but Philip got the biggest profit of the day when the Canton vase realised a fantastic £165.

The programme gave GB Antiques Centre a whopping 15 minutes of BBC airtime with some lovely views of the centre, Lancaster itself and the surrounding countryside.

Both presenters really enjoyed their day with us, found lots of fun and interesting items and said it was the biggest centre they had ever been in.

They also bought several items from the centre to take home. I wont delete this episode just yet.