Star turn for Brackley Antiques Cellar on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

Manager of Brackley Antiques Cellar, Debbe Perry, Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce, and antiques expert Christina Trevanion during filming of the Celebrity Antiques Road Trip which is due to air on November 5, 2013.
Manager of Brackley Antiques Cellar, Debbe Perry, Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce, and antiques expert Christina Trevanion during filming of the Celebrity Antiques Road Trip which is due to air on November 5, 2013.
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Brackley Antiques Cellar is to feature on the BBC hit show Celebrity Antiques Road Trip next week.

Cellar owners Debbe Perry and Jim Broomfield welcomed BBC Radio 2 DJs Ken Bruce and Janice Long, who were filmed earlier this year hunting for bargains to take to auction.

The episode is due to air on Tuesday, November 5, at 7.30pm, before a new series of the show airs in the new year.

The show sees different celebrities going from venue to venue hunting for hidden gems that will make a handsome profit at auction.

In this episode Janice and Ken toured around Oxfordshire and Northants with experts Christina Trevanion and Paul Laidlaw, looking to raise money for Children in Need, which is being held on November 15.

The Cellar has been involved with the show on five other occasions during Debbe and Jim’s 13-year stewardship, but this is the first time they have appeared on the celebrity version.

Ms Perry said: “I was thrilled that it was Ken Bruce because I always listen to Radio 2.

“I grew up listening to Janice, they were both very, very nice and so were the experts. It was such fun, and the best part is the money is going to charity.”

Ms Perry and Mr Broomfield also have further cause to celebrate, after winning The Best Antiques Centre of the year award.

The award is part of the BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine and is annually voted on by members of the public.

Last year the Cellar came second in the voting, but the format of the competition changes each year to try to raise the standard.

Ms Perry said: “We were completely overwhelmed when we learned we had won the award, and so excited for Brackley as a whole because we are always trying to help to put it on the map by recommending other local businesses to our visitors.

“Last year we had 160,000 people visit the Antiques Cellar, so we can tell how much of a knock-on-effect winning the award has had on business.

“We are receiving more interest from foreign visitors too, with more people enquiring about renting one of our spaces to showcase their own items.”

Brackley Antiques Cellar currently has more than 180 antique dealers at its premises and Ms Perry and Mr Broomfield have plans to expand in the near future so the Cellar can house more antiques and attract more trade to Brackley.