Crowds flock to Antiques Roadshow at cathedral
Thousands of people snaked their way around the grounds of Exeter Cathedral as the BBC's popular Antiques Roadshow arrived in the city.
The television show's team of experts – Henry Sandon, Eric Knowles and Hilary Kay, accompanied by presenter Fiona Bruce – spent the day making valuations and talking to people about the history of their possessions which included everything from books and jewellery to swords and other odd items of interest.
One woman brought a storyboard of what was thought to be the first advertisement shown on ITV in 1955.
The event was thought to have attracted some 5,000 visitors. Those who did not get to meet the team had the chance to look around the cathedral itself, which opened its doors as part of Heritage Open Days.
The Antiques Roadshow was held in Exeter in 1981 and again in 1993, but the most recent visit to the area was in 2007, when it was held in Exmouth.
Series editor Simon Shaw says: "As a television producer it's a scary prospect when we turn up for a day's filming and no knowledge of what might turn up. I often look at the queue first thing and say a quiet prayer that there really are interesting pieces in all those bags. Amazingly we still keep finding fascinating pieces – and some of the best aren't necessarily the most valuable."