BBC’s Antique Road Trip calls in at Duns

Gail and John Youngman with BBC 'Antiques Road Trip' hosts Anita Manning and David Harper filming in Duns Antique Centre
Gail and John Youngman with BBC 'Antiques Road Trip' hosts Anita Manning and David Harper filming in Duns Antique Centre

BBC 1’s Antiques Road Trip presenters Anita Manning and David Harper were in the Borders and Northumberland last week filming for a series to be shown in the autumn.

Antique businesses in Duns, Berwick, Powburn and Jedburgh will all feature in the autumn series but no one was giving the game away as to which expert came away the winner.

In the programme the two antiques experts compete against each other. They get a budget of £200 to buy antiques and collectibles that are sold at auction. After each auction the amount in each expert’s kitty, after costs are deducted, becomes their budget for the next leg. The winner is the expert who makes the biggest profit over five programmes.

The two experts were charmed by what Duns Antique Centre had to offer and after filming, John Youngman who owns the business, said: “Great people and a lovely film crew. The sun shone and it was a fantastic day.

“They really loved Duns and hope to be back soon. They are two lovely genuine people and the young crew were just so nice.

Refusing to divulge the items Anita and David picked out John said: “All I can say is that they really enjoyed themselves. They thought the shop was really nice and they loved Duns.

“They had a little look around first, started filming and then started asking about what they had spotted.

“Anita even came back after they finished filming and bought a pair of earrings for herself.”

Duns Antique Centre, in the town’s Market Square, has only been selling antiques and collectables since last year having previously been a hardware shop, and John regards it has a coup for his business.

Making the most of the occasion he asked Anita to value an art nouveau vase they have in the shop and is running a competition amongst his customers to see who can guess the right valuation, with the winner getting a £50 voucher to spend in the shop.