Meet antiques expert Charles Hanson at Collectors’ Fair next month

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Visitors to next month’s Bolsover Antiques and Collectors’ Fair are invited to bring family heirlooms and car boot bargains to be valued by one of TV’s best-known antiques experts.

Charles Hanson, who presents on BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip shows, will host a valuation session on Bolsover Market Place – just a short walk from Bolsover Castle – on Sunday 24th May.

A native to Derbyshire, Charles runs Hanson’s Auctioneers and Valuers in Etwall, which holds international auction sales featuring a variety of collectables.

“I am delighted to be taking part in the Antiques and Collectors’ Fair in Bolsover – an area rich in history, providing an abundance of antiques finds,” Charles said.

Organiser of Bolsover Antiques and Collectors Fair, Carole Ford, said: “It’s great news that Charles is to be involved in our event. We’ve already had a lot of interest from exhibitors from all over the region, so we’re anticipating a big turn-out already. We’re hoping that this will become a regular annual fair, so we’re delighted to have Charles on board in our first year.”

Carole runs Bolsover Antique Centre, which is home to 42 individual antiques dealers, selling everything from vintage tobacco boxes and 1950s records, to grandfather clocks, World War One soldier uniforms and home decor.

Bolsover Antiques and Collectors’ Fair is free to attend, and will be open from 10am-5pm, featuring all types of items for every budget, from high end collectables to quirky shabby chic.

Charles’ valuation session will be held from 2pm-4pm, and those interested in this opportunity should arrive early to avoid queuing and maximise the chance of receiving a valuation.

The event is part of the Discover Bolsover project, which has been developed following a successful bid for European Regional Development funding by Bolsover District Council.