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Kent: BBC show Flog It will hold a free valuation day at Dover Castle

It's time to check your loft - the BBC's antiques show, Flog It, is to hold a free valuation day at Dover Castle.

The programme, presented by Paul Martin, will stage the day on Thursday, February 8. It last filmed in Kent at Rochester Cathedral last year.

Members of the public are invited to bring up to three antiques or collectables they might be interested in selling. Once valued, the owner and a team of experts will decide whether the object is filmed and if it gets sent to Bentley’s Auctioneers in Cranbrook for inclusion in a sale in March.

BBC programme Flog It! is coming to Dover Castle
BBC programme Flog It! is coming to Dover Castle

All those who attend the valuation day will receive a free appraisal of their items even if they are not chosen for filming or to go to the auction.

Presenter Paul said: "It’s great to be bringing Flog It back to Kent - I’m so pleased to be getting another opportunity to share this part of the world with our viewers. We always receive a warm welcome whenever we come to the county."

Dover Castle's operations manager Becky Smith said: "I’m sure there are lots of great antiques in the living rooms and lofts of Kent! What’s so fascinating about the show is that every object has its story and what better backdrop to finding those out than the stunning interiors of King Henry II’s Great Tower, a place at the heart of England’s story, with many secrets to tell of its own?"

Dover Castle will host the BBC's Flog It
Dover Castle will host the BBC's Flog It

The BBC will be making four editions of the show featuring Dover Castle, to be broadcast over the following 18 months. Paul will be joined at the valuation day by on-screen experts James Lewis, Catherine Southon and Jonathan Pratt.

Finds made on the show during its run include a rare Aboriginal broad shield, kept hidden in a viewer’s wardrobe and went on to make £30,000 at auction and a Royal Doulton Spook figurine, bought at a car boot sale for £2 and going on to sell at auction for £5,000.

On the day on Thursday, February 8, the castle is only open to Flog It visitors, and admission is free, between 9.30am and 4pm.

Items selected for filming at the valuation day will go under the hammer at Bentley’s Auctioneers in Cranbrook on Saturday, March 3.

Now in its 17th series, Flog It recently transmitted its 1000th episode and is watched by an audience of more than two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.

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