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Town leaders welcome news of Antiques Roadshow visit

PUBLISHED: 13:36 28 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:32 29 January 2018

BBC's Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team are coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: BBC

BBC's Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team are coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: BBC

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News the BBC1 hit Antiques Roadshow is coming to Cromer Pier has been met with joy by town leaders.

BBC's Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team are coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: BBCBBC's Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team are coming to Cromer Pier. Picture: BBC

The planned May 24 visit to the north Norfolk seaside will mark the first time in the show’s 40-year history it has been broadcast from a pier.

The Roadshow normally attracts 3,000-4,000 visitors, many of whom will be bearing family heirlooms and oddities to be valued by a team of antiques experts.

Hilary Cox, North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) for Cromer Town ward, said: “What a wonderful opportunity for people to showcase their antiques at such an iconic venue.”

Fellow Cromer Town ward councillor Andreas Yiasimi said: “It’s a great opportunity to show the beauty of Cromer and North Norfolk to the wider world.”

John Lee, NNDC councillor for Suffield Park ward, added: “I’m delighted to welcome the BBC to Cromer and the unique setting of Cromer Pier.”

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And councillor Nigel Pearce, also for Suffield Park, said: “This is a most welcome visit to the jewel of the North Norfolk Coast to view many gems.”

The council’s leader, Tom FitzPatrick, and its cabinet member for leisure and culture, Maggie Prior, said the announcement was great news for the district.

Mrs Prior said: “It will be most interesting to see what local treasures are brought along and how many may be linked to our coastal or seaside history.

“What a treat this will be for the residents of north Norfolk.”

As well as Cromer, the Roadshow will be visiting Eltham Palace and Gardens in Greenwich, The Piece Hall in Halifax, Crathes Castle in Scotland, Erdigg in Wrexham, Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, Buckfast Abbey in Devon and Aerospace Bristol in South Gloucestershire.

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