Hawick will play a starring role in the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip later this year after the popular television show turned up in the town recently.
The show sees antique experts travel the UK in a vintage sport car searching for treasures and bargains.
And last week a full camera crew, as well as TV presenters James Braxton and Philip Serrell, paid a visit to the Vintage Den antique shop nestling in Hawick High Street.
Serrell’s stay was brief as he was moving on to Jedburgh, but Braxton remained in the shop for around three hours as the cameras captured him looking for bargains and haggling for deals with shop owner Scott McIntosh.
Speaking to the Hawick News, antique expert Braxton said: “Before coming to see Scott, I had been at Traquair the day before. I don’t know the Borders at all and it’s the first time I have been to Hawick. Philip and I stayed in the Mansfield House Hotel. From the hotel you get a great view of the Hawick rugby ground and I found this very interesting as I know the wonderful rugby commentator Bill McLaren came from Hawick”. Reflecting on the Antiques Road Trips visit to his Vintage Den, Scott McIntosh told us: “I haven’t been in the antiques business for that long. Prior to this I was in roofing, but it was always on the back burner that I would open a shop as it was something I had always fancied.
“Hearing that the Antiques Road Trip was coming to the shop came completely out of the blue. I got a phone call from the BBC and at first thought it was a wind up, but I eventually realised it wasn’t.
“It was a great thrill and experience to have James, Philip and the film crew in the shop. Philip was not there long as he went off to Jedburgh.
“James was absolutely brilliant and really knows what he is on about. He ended up buying a Sheffield chafing plate and was very happy about this.”
No date has been scheduled to screen this episode of the show, but it is expected to be later on in the year.