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Antiques expert Charles Hanson goes bargain hunting in Henley

Stratford Editorial 24th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ANTIQUES expert Charles Hanson has been bargain hunting in Henley.

The TV regular visited Henley Vintage and Interiors on the High Street to film for the next series of BBC’s Antiques Road Trip.

The programme – which is watched by some 2 million viewers – shows the nation’s top antiques experts searching for bargains and negotiating with stallholders.

Christine Frew, who Charles Hanson tried to strike some deals with, said: “Charles was exactly as he is on TV. As someone who never misses an episode of the Antiques Road Trip or Bargain Hunt it was an absolute thrill to spend time with him, learn about his career and see how the programme is made.

“I was so nervous at the thought of being part of the programme but the whole team put me at ease and I soon forgot there was a camera following my every move.

“I love being part of the centre and this was a fantastically out of the ordinary day for us all, but I must admit that I’m now nervously waiting to see my TV debut.”

Henley Vintage opened nearly two years ago and owner Julie Lowe says she jumped at the chance to appear in the show.

She said: “I couldn’t quite believe it when I got the phone call from the BBC asking to come and film with us, but we were delighted.

“We had a fantastic afternoon and couldn’t have asked for a better experience – I can’t wait to see the final programme. I hope people from around the country will see our beautiful community and and pay us all a visit.”