TV antiques show returns to South Tyneside

CLEADON ON CAMERA ... presenter Paul Laidlaw meets up with shop owner Judith Brown.
CLEADON ON CAMERA ... presenter Paul Laidlaw meets up with shop owner Judith Brown.

A HIT TV show’s antique treasure trail has led all the way back to a South Tyneside shop.

Cleadon Antique and Gifts, in Front Street, Cleadon, welcomed the expert team from BBC One ratings winner, The Antique Road Trip, for the second time yesterday.

The TV cameras arrived in the morning for a stint of filming for a show which is set to be broadcast in September.

The programme sees antique experts set off on road trips all over the country in search of hidden treasures before competing to see who can make the most money at auction.

Their visit to the borough went a lot more smoothly than their last visit in June, 2011, when the show’s trademark vintage car broke down en route to filming at the Cleadon antique shop.

Since its launch in 2009, Antiques Road Trip has become known for visiting coastal villages, market towns and travelling throughout the British countryside during its 170 episodes.

It won a firm following on BBC Two, even spawning a celebrity version, before switching to BBC One for its sixth series earlier this year.

The current series concluded in February, but plans are already well under way for its return to the screen.

The antiques shop, owned by Judith Brown, swung open its doors to presenter Paul Laidlaw for a tour of a treasure trove of quality vintage goods.

The shop has carved out a reputation for affordable antiques and gifts, has its own coffee shop and organises local antique fairs.