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BBC’s Flog It show coming to Rochester Cathedral

By Jade Edwards

Raid your lofts and dust off your finest china sets – BBC show Flog It! is filming at Rochester Cathedral today.

The popular show, presented by Paul Martin, is in its 16th series and has recently filmed its 1000th episode.

The show last visited Rochester in May 2006 when fans queued around the block to meet the experts at the Corn Exchange.

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Hundreds queued to be on the Flog It! show. Picture: Upnor Castle
Hundreds queued to be on the Flog It! show. Picture: Upnor Castle
Queues snaking around the precincts of Rochester Cathedral for Flog it! Picture: Upnor Castle
Queues snaking around the precincts of Rochester Cathedral for Flog it! Picture: Upnor Castle

This time the cathedral is hosting the valuation day and fans of the show are invited to bring up to three antiques or collectibles with them, which they might be interested in selling.

Once they have been valued, a team of experts will decide whether an object is filmed and sent to auction.

The items will go under the hammer at Hop Farm Auctions in Paddock Wood, on Wednesday, February 15.

Everyone who goes along to the valuation day will receive a free appraisal of their items, even if their antiques are not chosen for filming.

The BBC will make four editions of the show featuring footage from the cathedral.

They will all be shown within 18 months of recording. Paul will be joined by on-screen experts Raj Bisram, Adam Partridge and Elizabeth Talbot.

The Dean of Rochester, Canon Philip Hesketh, said: “I am delighted BBC Flog It want to come to Rochester Cathedral.

“Rochester is a truly unique and historic place and the cathedral, at its heart, is a wonderful space to bring people together.”

Flog It presenter Paul Martin
Flog It presenter Paul Martin

Paul Martin said: “I’m really pleased to be bringing the show back to Rochester. Our last visit was 10 years ago when the valuation day was held at the Corn Exchange.

“I’m looking forward to filming at the cathedral and hope as many people as possible will come along for a free valuation.”

Flog it has made significant finds over its 16 series, including a rare Aboriginal broad shield, which had been kept hidden in a viewer’s wardrobe, which went on to sell for £30,000.

Experts also discovered a Royal Doulton ‘Spook’ figurine which had been bought a boot fair for £2 which sold at auction for £5,000.

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