Bargain Hunt team descends on Hemswell Antiques Centre

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Former bomber airbase Hemswell Antiques Centre has been a busy backdrop during two days of filming for popular daytime TV show Bargain Hunt.

Antiques experts Christina Trevanion and Nick Hall and presenter Anita Manning were joined by contestants who scoured the venue near Gainsborough in the hope of uncovering items that would score them profits at auction.

Several episodes of the hit game show were filmed over the two days at Hemswell Antique Centres, which is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary year.

The BBC TV show sees teams competing to find the best bargains across the country's antiques show and centres.

The BBC TV show sees teams competing to find the best bargains across the country’s antiques show and centres.

Managing director Robert Miller said: “A great deal has changed over the past three decades at Hemswell Antique Centres and we are constantly looking at new ways to promote the business of behalf of the hundreds of dealers whose stock we sell.

“So it has been a pleasure to play host to Bargain Hunt which will give us fantastic exposure on a global scale as I understand the programme is shown across the world.

“We have many thousands of antiques and collectables on site and I’m sure that the contestants managed to secure some great deals.”

One of the TV experts, Nick Hall, head of furniture and Fine Art at the Wright Marshall Knutsford Fine Art Salerooms, said: “I hadn’t been to Hemswell before – a great place, with friendly helpful staff and a great eclectic mix of items throughout the units.”

The award-winning Lincolnshire business was established by Rex and Nepi Miller in 1986 with 150 dealers selling antiques and collectables from room settings and cabinets housed within two buildings on a former war-time airfield.

Now, it boats four buildings and showcases 325 dealers from the UK, Ireland, Spain and France, and welcomes more than a quarter of a million visitors a year.