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Headline: Giant Ulverston boots whichstarred in Antiques Roadshow feature in auction

Strapline: Looking back on the day when2,000 people queued outside the Coronation Hall in 2007 to find out what theirtreasures were worth

TWO giant shop display boots which had astarring role when the Antiques Roadshow cameras came to Ulverston in 2007 havefeatured in a Cumbrian auction.

Bidders pushed the price of the size-39novelty footwear to £750 at a sale held by 1818 Auctioneers at the Crooklandsauction centre.

The boots had made a big impression onveteran presenter Michael Aspel when the BBC filmed a valuation day in theCoronation Hall.

The boots were made around 1895 by FredDickinson’s Ulverston shoe and boot shop out of leather hides from the towntannery of Randall and Porter.

The visit of the Antiques Roadshowtransformed the inside of the Coronation Hall with a huge lighting rig broughtin on a fleet of trucks.

The Mail, on Thursday October 11, noted:“Fans of the Antiques Roadshow were up early for today’s recording of thepopular BBC programme.

“Two hours before the doors opened, peoplebegan queuing with their treasures to show to a panel of leading experts.

“First in the queue at 7.30am was BrianMcMullen, from Casson Street, Ulverston.

Another of the early arrivals was MurielSaunders, from Flan Close, with small pictures and ornaments she wanted to knowmore about.

The show’s presenter was on his first visitto the town.

Mr Aspel said: “My impression of Ulverstonis very good.

“I was a Laurel and Hardy fan when I was achild and we filmed outside Stan’s house.”

Around 2,000 people came to have theiritems described and valued by experts including Tim Wonnacott, who said: “I’veseen some interesting items today.”

John Dodd, from Hill Foot Garden Centre,took along a marble statue bought by his grandmother 50 years ago from OssieWood’s saleroom in Barrow, for 30 shillings (£1.50).

It was valued at £2,000.

Marion and John Williams, fromHaverthwaite, stunned the experts with a rare 18th century chest of drawers inoak and mahogany – it was only the fifth piece known to have survived by Londonmaker Benjamin Crook.

Coronation Hall manager Janet Ridal said:“The public were very patient in the long queues but hopefully the wait wasworth it for them.”