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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I’ve talked before about the time the BBC came to GB Antiques Centre to film the Antiques Road Trip, but they’ve recently been back for a third time and it was on this third visit that we dealt with one of the strangest items we’ve ever had here at the centre.

Last time they came was in 2012. The programme sees antiques experts set off on a road trip around the UK searching for treasures and competing to make the most money at auction.

This year Philip Serrell brought new presenter Christina Trevanion with him.

She was quite cross because my centre was the last stop of the week and Christina had already spent her money.

She said there were loads of things she wanted to buy, but had to leave it all to Philip who was happy to spend what he’d saved earlier in the journey.

Philip was on the look out for something really unusual and he wasn’t disappointed when he spotted a milk churn.

It was the biggest milk churn either of us had ever seen.

It was simply huge.

Philip was interested in it, but we couldn’t get the top off to look inside.

We all tried: Jimmy and myself all tried but to no avail.

We ended up calling in our delivery guys to help but no one could shift it.

In the end we put the churn on the floor and one of the guys kicked the clasp off.

Suddenly the lid came off and when we looked inside we couldn’t believe our eyes – it was another milk churn.

We laughed and laughed.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

There was also a small enamel jug too.

How that got in there I don’t know.

We sat down on the sofa and there were many quips and witty remarks about “2 for the price of 1” and the milk churns being like Russian dolls.

Philip was unsure now whether to buy it or not telling me that “no one will buy a milk churn this big” but he did and later sold it at an auction, which took part further north in the Lakes.

He made the biggest profit on the day on it, so it all ended happily.

The programme was aired last Tuesday and is still on Iplayer if you want to have a look.