BBC1's Bargain Hunt returns to antique shops in Horncastle
A TOWN famous for its antique shops is once again appearing on a BBC show.
The BBC1 programme, Bargain Hunt, was being filmed in Horncastle on Thursday and Friday.
The programme, hosted by Tim Wonnacott, features two teams who have to find the best bargains to sell at auction.
The team which makes the most profit wins and gets to keep any profits made.
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This is not the first time Horncastle has featured on Bargain Hunt, as filming also took place last summer over two days.
Bargain Hunt filmed at the Drill Hall Antiques Centre, Trinity Antiques and Collectables Centre, Great Expectations and Lawrence Shaw Antiques.
John Cox of Great Expectations on East Street, welcomed the film crew back for a second time.
He said: "It was a good experience. Following the filming last year, we had people saying how they had seen us on telly. It is good that a show like Bargain Hunt is interested in coming to Horncastle. The town has definitely got the variety of antiques required for such a programme."
Mr Cox said interest in antiques and collectibles continues to thrive.
He said: "The industry is still thriving, particularly for collectibles. People are recycling their items so much more these days due to the recession. People are choosing to come in and buy something from us rather than buy something new because it is better value for money."
Tim Wonnacott, the presenter, also returned to Horncastle and filmed at various locations around the town.
A BBC spokesman said they wanted to come back to film in Horncastle after the success of last year's shoot.
They said: "We filmed here in the summer of 2012 when a local fair was cancelled at short notice. We wanted to stay within the same area as this is where our contestants are broadly from.
"We were delighted when we 'recced' Horncastle because of the attractiveness of the town and the quality of the antiques shops and centres.
"As that shoot went well we thought we'd come back for another visit and had a very successful couple of days.
"All of the shops were extremely accommodating and a pleasure to shop in.
The items bought will be going up for sale at a local auction house in March. "
The four shows filmed at Horncastle are likely to be aired later this year or into 2014.