A TELEVISION show heading to East Lancashire is encouraging people to bring along their valuables for examination.

Flog It, the popular BBC One antiques programme presented by Paul Martin will be holding a free valuation day at Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday, January 25.

Members of the public are invited to come along to the Cathedral with up to three antiques or collectables they might be interested in selling.

Once valued, the owner and a team of experts decide whether an object is filmed and if it gets sent to Auctioneers at Milnthorpe in Cumbria for inclusion in their sale on Monday, February 19.

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 or to go forward for auction.

The show was last in Blackburn in 2010 and make a welcome return.

The Very Revd Peter Howell-Jones, Dean of Blackburn said he is delighted to be welcoming Paul Martin and his team of experts to Blackburn Cathedral in January.

He said: “As Lancashire’s Cathedral, we hope that people from across the region will come along and bring their family heirlooms for valuation.

“It may also be that a number of churches have a few interesting artefacts that needs valuing – well here’s your chance!”

Flog It has made many significant finds over its seventeen series including, in North Lincolnshire, a rare Aboriginal Broad Shield that had been kept hidden away in a viewer’s wardrobe before being brought along to a valuation day — it went on to sell at auction for £30,000!

Flog It experts also discovered an unusual Royal Doulton Spook figurine in Blackpool which had been bought at a car boot sale for £2; it went on to sell at auction for £5,000.

Presenter Paul Martin said: “It’s great to be bringing Flog It back to Lancashire; 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 and I’m hoping plenty of people will take the chance to bring along their items to show us”

The BBC will be making four editions of the show featuring the antiques and they will be transmitted within eighteen months of recording. Paul Martin will be joined at the valuation day by on screen experts Charles Hanson, Anita Manning and Philip Serrell

The show regularly achieves an audience of more than two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.