Filming for the new series of the Antiques Roadshow got off to a roaring start last week. The location was Steam, the Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon - a glorious feast of vintage locomotives, signal boxes, carriages and waiting rooms, perfectly capturing the glory days of rail travel. Never one to disappoint sartorially, miscellaneous expert and train lover Paul Atterbury rose to the occasion with a 1950s British Rail jacket and hat pin worn as a lapel badge!
The first lady to join the queue did so at an astonishing 4.30am and by mid morning it was snaking through the building and out through the grounds. Thousands of visitors brought in their treasures in a packed day that was full of delights and a good few surprises too. Among the highlights were the most valuable things ever seen on a Roadshow, a doll that made Roadshow history and a ring found buried in a field that had Geoffrey Munn's heart racing. Add in a rare silver mug, pieces of Queen Victoria's birthday cake and a train plate found in a skip and worth a small fortune and you'll see why cast and crew all finished the day beaming.
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