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Eric’s unique finds swell WI coffers

Eric Knowles with Helen Roberts, Jane Hill, Sue McDade, Jan Brigden, Sue Hudson and Gill Cross.

Eric Knowles with Helen Roberts, Jane Hill, Sue McDade, Jan Brigden, Sue Hudson and Gill Cross.

From biscuit barrels and jewellery boxes to a slightly more obscure carved whale’s tooth, celebrity antique expert Eric Knowles had plenty to sink his teeth into on his first visit to Whitechapel.

The favourite from Antiques Roadshow took a trip to the historic village as part of a tour of the north west to entertain villagers for the local WI’s first-ever ‘Antique Antics.’

Around 160 people packed out the Village Hall with their treasures for one-to-one evaluations from the Nelson-born ceramics and china expert.

Whitechapel and Inglewhite WI president Sue McDade was delighted with the evening turnout and described Eric as a ‘top notch’ speaker.

She said: “It was a really, really good night. We couldn’t have asked for a better speaker. It has been a long time in the planning but he had us all in stitches and made everybody so welcome

“He was a pleasure to have and I felt like I’d known him for years.”

Sue was able to present Eric with one of the more unique items – a hand-made Royal Doulton biscuit barrel, with Sgraffito decoration, previously owned by her grandmother.

“I have never used it for biscuits – it’s too good for that!”

The evening was put together as part of the annual fundraiser for the group and included a supper, freshly prepared by members. The event also helped the cash pot for the Village Hall refurbishment project.

 

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