Syd Little Cash in the Celebrity Attic


Syd Little

Jennie Bond invites comedian Syd Little to sell his belongings before a Staffordshire auction crowd. He hopes to raise at least 500 pounds in aid of an Alzheimer's charity.


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Hello! Welcome to Cash In The Celebrity Attic,

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the show that finds treasures in the homes of the well-known

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and helps sell them at auction, all for a good cause of their choice.

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Today, we're in Lancashire, not far up the coast from Blackpool,

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and I'm on my way to meet a supersonic comedian who was once part of a famous double act.

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With his distinctive glasses, he cut a slender figure next to his rather more robust partner.

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Have you guessed who it is yet?

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Today's famous guest is the comedian Syd Little, born and bred in Blackpool,

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and one of the county's most famous residents.

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Born Cyril Mead 1942, he's best known for his partnership with Eddie Large.

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Winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks changed their lives, and neither of them has looked back.

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These days, Syd flies solo, and he still performs on TV, cruise ships and in pantomime.

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He married Sheree in 1972, and they have a son called Dominic.

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Coming up on Cash in The Celebrity Attic, Syd shows that he still has what it takes.

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# Well, I woke up this morning

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# I felt so erotic

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# My house had been invaded by those people from Cash In The Attic. #

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He's used to being the straight man.

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As you can see, it is very flattering, isn't it? Yes.

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But will he have the last laugh at auction?

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Hands up all those who thought I was dead.

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LAUGHTER

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Find out when the hammer falls.

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-Good morning, Jennie.

-Hi! You ready for it?

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Joining us today with over 20 years' experience in the antiques trade is our expert, Paul Hayes.

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Syd's wife Sheree will be helping at us out, too.

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-Oh, hello.

-Hello, nice to see you.

-You must be Sheree.

-I am, yes.

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-Do you mind if I make a start?

-No, not at all.

-Great.

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-We'd better find Syd. Is he lurking somewhere?

-He'll be hiding somewhere, yes. OK.

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Found him, here he is.

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-Hello.

-Hi, how are you? All right?

-Are you hoping to get out of the programme, or something?

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Yeah! Well, this is my little den. This is my little retreat.

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-When I get told off, I come in here.

-Oh, right!

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-How often do you send him in here, then?

-Oh, often!

-As you can see, I've got a lot to do.

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-You're building boats?

-Yes, model boats, that's one of my hobbies,

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apart from playing guitar and singing, which became my job, of course.

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-Have you got lots of bits and pieces around the house? Are you collectors?

-BOTH: We're hoarders!

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We are, yes. Many years together, we're definitely hoarders, yeah.

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-Good.

-So this is a good excuse to get rid of everything.

-Yeah.

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-So what are we going to be raising money for today?

-For Alzheimer's.

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My best friend's father has it, he's in a nursing home, so it's very close to my heart.

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-Well, both of us, isn't it?

-Mmm.

-And what target do you think you'd like to set? How much could we make?

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-Well...what?

-500?

-Yeah.

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-£500.

-We're not looking big. Little, not large.

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Hey! First crack of the day, wey-hey!

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Let's hope it's the last.

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Brilliant, £500, then, for Alzheimer's.

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Great cause, good target, let's get rummaging.

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£500 sounds a very fair target for a cause that's so close to their hearts.

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This 1930s house has been the Littles' home for ten years.

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They share it with their son Dominic and Sheree's parents.

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They're all rather modest about what they call their clutter around the house, but to an expert like Paul,

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the Littles' life laundry contains much of value.

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-So what's this, one of your favourites?

-This one, actually,

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although it looks newish, I've had it a few years.

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But this went to Australia with me. I did the QE2, and I do a lot of cruise ships now.

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I would never do it again. I went on the QE2 for four days,

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but I had to travel to Australia to pick it up. Ohh!

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-It took me a fortnight to get over it.

-It's a long way.

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-It is, yeah.

-So you do a bit of a song and dance act?

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Oh yeah, guitar, jokes... Anything, really. Just to get through a 45-minute spot.

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This is a Yamaha Pacifica. This is a range that Yamaha came up with in the 1990s,

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but they originally started making reed organs in the 19th century.

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They've made motorcycle parts, electronic items,

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but now they're one of the biggest producers of musical instruments.

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There's a big following, actually, they're quite a cult item. You haven't got an amp?

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-Yeah, but it's an old one, yeah.

-Would that be able to go with it? Just to give it a chance.

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-Brilliant idea.

-It's a complete package then.

-Good idea.

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-I'd think that's very saleable.

-If you could sign it, I think that would help,

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and if you had an amp, somebody starting out, it's a wonderful thing to have.

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I mean, if I said £70-£100, that sort of price?

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Yeah, that's fine, that's fine.

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-OK, that's a deal. That's a good start.

-A done deal.

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-We've got to the rest of the house to rummage, though, so come on, put that down, no time for playing.

-OK.

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Syd may have been the most self-effacing of the Little and Large partnership,

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but he was never timid when it came to music,

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and he's hoping there'll be someone out there waiting for the chance to earn a signed, supersonic guitar.

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As we divide our efforts across the many nooks and crannies,

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Sheree leads Paul to a corner that's arguably the most tempting.

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-There's a few bits here.

-Now, then, these are beautiful.

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-This salad bowl here, I mean, can that go?

-No.

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-No?

-Too precious. That was my grandfather's, he won that for running.

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-He was a runner. It's too precious.

-So that's come down the family?

-Yes.

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OK. Well, I must admit, my favourite item here has to be this.

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Now, this has a special name. Do you know what it's called?

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-Tantalus.

-Do you know why they're called a tantalus?

-Well, it was in the old days.

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-They had a key and would lock them so the servants couldn't drink them.

-Exactly. It used to tantalise you.

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-That's right.

-But Tantalus comes from Greek mythology.

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You know more than I do!

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He was punished by the gods and was submersed up to his neck in water,

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with fruit trees around his head, and every time he reached for some fruit, the branches would recede,

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and every time he went to drink the water, the water would recede, so he was poor Tantalus.

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But typically, late 19th century, early 1900s, these items were everywhere. They were important.

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The one thing that does detract them nowadays is the fact that,

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because of they're glass and alcohol, they do tend to damage quite easily.

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-Is there damage on these bottles?

-They are, yes. There was a couple of chips when we bought it.

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-I see, right.

-They've probably gone further.

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That's going to detract the value slightly. To find these absolutely mint is difficult.

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But it's a nice frame, it's oak, it's 100 years old, but if I said, for the sake of our target today,

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£70-£100, do you think Syd and yourself would be willing to let that go for that?

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I'm sure he would, yes.

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-Hopefully somebody else will want to be tantalised with it.

-Let's hope so. Let's keep looking.

-OK.

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Now, that's a very pleasing result,

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and it's spurred Sheree on to take a closer look at just about everything.

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Meanwhile, Paul finds his way to Syd's den, where he discovers these cute steam toys and car models.

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They date from the 1960s and once belonged to Sheree's father.

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Clearly, Paul shares his love for vintage transport toys,

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and thinks an enthusiast

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may part with as much as £150 for the collection.

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Now, who's that I can hear singing next door?

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# Well, I woke up this morning

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# I felt so erotic

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# My house had been invaded by those people from Cash In The Attic

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# They said, have you any antiques we can see?

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# I said, the only antique in this house

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# Is me. #

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A serenade specially for us?

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Yes, yes. Unfortunately, yes.

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-Thank you so much.

-When are you going?

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Now, guitars are really important to you. You've played since you were a kid?

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Yes, I got my first - a little ukulele banjo, actually -

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and my dad taught me to tune it up as, "My dog has fleas."

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A little plastic ukulele they used to have in the '70s,

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"Welcome to Britain, Elvis Presley" guitar for seven and six in the Daily Mirror, you know.

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I sent away for one and I got it and my dad helped me tune it up, and then that was me, I was hooked.

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It was all Lonnie Donegan in those days, all the skiffle, because you only needed three chords,

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and that was it, you were off and running.

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Then I started getting involved with Mr Eddie Large.

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We were friends together in the same teenage gang, and we used to go to the pubs and clubs around Manchester.

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Now, of course, you had a prime-time Saturday show, 8 million viewers, I think, most weeks?

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-It was incredible. You were household names.

-Cor!

-And that went on for, what, 20 years?

-Yeah.

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Well, from '71 with Opp Knocks, we just kept doing...

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We did Crackerjack - Crackerjack! - yeah,

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and then we did a pilot show for Roy in '76. 77 was our big year.

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How did you deal with that kind of fame?

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The only time we felt it was when we went to the pubs and clubs, we used to go to the bar and have a drink

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and we found that you can't do that, because people would inundate you, "Can I have your autograph?"

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But our feet were on the ground.

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I've never had a Rolls-Royce. I've never gone to those lengths,

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not that I wanted one, you know, but that sort of thing.

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-So it didn't really change you that much?

-No, I hope it didn't.

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I'd like to think that through my life I've been a nice guy, I really do,

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because people say when, you're in showbiz, "There are some nasty people,"

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but the majority of the people are very nice, and I hope I'm one of them!

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Modesty is definitely one of Syd's qualities, despite his years in the spotlight.

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But there is no holding back now. We've got to get rummaging if we're to raise that £500.

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Paul's taken by this very delicate glass and solid-silver swan, given as a wedding present.

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He thinks it should do well at auction with an estimate of £30-£50.

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Sheree bought this porcelain Nelson figure for Syd as a birthday present 15 years ago.

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It was made by Royal Doulton in 1980 as one of a series of ship's figureheads,

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part of a limited edition.

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Paul thinks the bidders will be happy to part with £20-£50 for it.

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While we're busy

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uncovering family recollections of weddings and birthdays,

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Syd finds he has many memories of his own, back when he was basking in the limelight.

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-Ah, there you are!

-I'm here!

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-Stage left then, for a minute.

-Look at that, a bit of memorabilia. How about that?

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These are great. Look at that, the Bristol Hippodrome. Isla St Clair!

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Isla St Clair, yeah. And look at that on the bottom there.

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-The Great Soprendo.

-I remember The Great Soprendo.

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He had a whole season on the Morecambe Pier,

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but this is the golden age, really, of pantomime in the mid-'80s into the '90s.

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-You've got a real piece of memorabilia there.

-This, I don't know.

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Apparently, he was supposed to be quite a famous cartoonist.

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Charles Griffin. He's actually a well-known caricature artist,

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and he did political satire. So a bit like Spitting Image. It's all that sort of era, isn't it?

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-Did he do one of Eddie, as well?

-No, he didn't.

-Just one of you?

-No, I was always the brunt of...

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As you can see, it's very flattering, isn't it? You know.

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So, it was always me, yeah.

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What you've got to remember, items like these posters here

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have a very short life span. These are ephemeral items.

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Once that event happened, they're no use. They're not like a painting you'd put on your wall.

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Things like cinema posters, travel posters, theatre programmes,

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it's called ephemera, and people buy into that market.

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One of the rarest examples you can get is Casablanca.

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When that came out, they had posters in all the cinemas all over the British Isles,

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and they were designed to be thrown away. A few have survived, and one turned up recently at auction.

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Have a guess how much it fetched.

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Em, go on.

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-£40,000.

-Wow!

-I think we're more 40 quid.

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-Yeah, 4p, yeah!

-But these are interesting. We've got some good Syd Little memorabilia.

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If I was being conservative here, low as I possibly can, £20 to £50.

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I'm sure if two people really fancied them, I think we could do well.

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-Does that sound all right to you?

-Yeah, that's fine.

-All right. Can I have your Buttons?

-Ye...

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-Or one of the ugly sisters?

-I can see you in panto, you'd be very good. No, Prince Charming.

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-Thank you.

-Don't put yourself down.

-It's the tights, they chafe.

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Let's hope there will be plenty of bidders out there for Syd's posters.

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And who knows? They might make a whole lot more than Paul reckons.

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32, 34, 36, 38, 40...

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-I'll sign it!

-42! No, you said that last time and the price went down!

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-£42.

-Forget that, then!

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Find out later it if they do fetch more than we bargained for.

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Thank you very much.

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Our rummage in Lancashire is going very well so far.

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Syd's found two china fairy ballerinas that he gave to Sheree as a gift in the 1980s.

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Blackthorn and Heliotrope were designed by Cicely Mary Barker for Border Fine Arts.

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For some reason, they've been sitting in the attic all these years.

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Paul thinks they should take someone's fancy

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and go for between £20 and £60.

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As Syd continues his good work upstairs, we've uncovered some true craftsmanship in the garage.

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What have you two found?

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-Your furniture store?

-No, I know, we're clunked up with furniture, but Paul's quite interested in this one.

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Yes, it's a very attractive piece, actually, this one.

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It fits in with a modern look, it's very restrained, very elegant.

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But the style itself was developed in the 18th century, and it's after a guy called Thomas Sheraton.

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He came up with a method of marquetry inlay in this style, and it's very distinctive.

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You get this fan decoration, where he's carved into the mahogany,

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which was expensive, replaced the area with a satinwood to give contrast,

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and then used this cross-banding and stringing to give a real detail and fine lines.

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It's a very, very elegant style, I think.

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A couple of hundred years later, about 1900, there was a revival, and that's what this piece is.

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It's called a Sheraton revival. Don't forget, at that time, we were obsessed with travel,

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so in here would be our knick-knacks from our journeys from around the British Isles or around the world.

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And the cabinet would be full of interesting curios.

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But nowadays, 21st century, we can re-use this.

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-It's a very good functional antique. Fantastic.

-Oh, brilliant.

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I think it's a beautiful piece, but you want to part with it?

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-Well, we're willing to part with it, yes.

-For the good cause, yeah.

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-That's right, yes.

-Well, it's very handsome.

-Thank you very much!

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Joking apart, it's a very attractive piece and it does fit in with that modern style today.

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It's very simple, very elegant.

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If I was being quite conservative, if I said sort of £120-£150.

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If you polished this up a bit, brought the wood back to life,

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you could do quite well with this.

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-As much as that?

-Do you think she should polish it up?

-Yes, bit of polish works wonders.

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Thanks, Paul!

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So Sheree needs to get to work on it.

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But not just yet, as we have to find a few more things to take to auction.

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Paul comes across a ceramic tankard in the study, designed to celebrate

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the 50th anniversary of the National Maritime Museum.

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Sheree bought it for Syd as a birthday present about 20 years ago.

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It should attract any nautical enthusiasts in the saleroom.

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The stage was very much at the heart of Syd and Sheree's lives.

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But panto has a deeper meaning for both of them.

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-Because you two met in panto, didn't you?

-We did.

-Yeah.

-Go on, tell me more.

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-Do you really want to know?

-I do, I do, I do.

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-1972 and we'd just done Crackerjack, do you remember that?

-I do.

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With Elaine Paige. I've got a picture of Elaine Paige somewhere.

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And that was it, Crackerjack, and then we went into pantomime

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-and it was Diddy David Hamilton. Remember him, the DJ?

-Absolutely.

-And me and Ed.

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And Sheree was one of the dancing girls, and that was it.

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It was love at first sight in a way, really, wasn't it?

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Was it?

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That's the wrong answer!

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-Well, for me, it was.

-No, it was, yeah.

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Sheree took a bit of time to come round, because I didn't get off to a good footing

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-because I sent my brother, who was our road manager at the time, to ask her for a date, for me.

-You didn't!

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-He did.

-She said, "Well, come and ask me himself," you know?

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-I don't blame you. What, "My mate says he fancies you"? Is that what... That's it.

-Sort of.

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-If he wants to invite me out...

-"Let him ask me himself."

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I'd love to know more, though, about the charity, the cause today, Alzheimer's.

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Well, it's something close to my heart because it's my best friend Tracy.

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Her father suffers with it and he's in a nursing home.

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And it's a way of saying how much I care about her,

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in a way, because I do, and it doesn't just affect the person that has it.

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It affects the whole family, like Margaret, his wife,

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the grandchildren, everybody, and it's sad.

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-We've seen the deterioration from the beginning.

-Oh, yes.

-And it's really sad.

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Well, it is a great cause and hopefully we'll make at least £500.

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-Maybe a bit more, if we're lucky, yeah?

-Fingers crossed, I hope so.

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As a well-known person says, what is it, every LITTLE helps.

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-Indeed...

-Little, Little.

-Oh, very good!

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But we'll have to do some more work

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-if we're going to make the money, so let's lead on, we'll find somewhere else...

-OK.

-..to look around.

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-I don't want to leave that fire.

-I know, it's lovely, but let's go.

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Do you know, it's great to have the chance to help Syd and Sheree raise money for such a worthy cause.

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And it feels as if we're doing well so far.

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Just to move us along, Syd's friends at the charity

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have sent over this box which contains a silver-plated bangle, a cigarette box and a pocket watch.

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They all date back to the 1920s and could fetch £40-60.

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Meanwhile, Paul's down in the kitchen scouring the shelves.

0:18:450:18:48

-Oh, you're here!

-Hello, Syd. I've just put the kettle on.

0:18:490:18:53

-You love your tea!

-I do.

-I've found this, Paul. Well, I haven't found it, it was given,

0:18:530:18:57

-donated by the charity. Alzheimer's.

-Oh, that's fantastic, isn't it?

0:18:570:19:03

-It looks a good one.

-Does it? Oh, good.

-Have you ever worn a pocket watch?

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I did have one, I remember when I was in my 20s, but everyone took the mickey out of me, so I lost it.

0:19:070:19:14

Well, these really were kept for best, it's a dress watch.

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What would happen, a gentleman would have a silver pocket watch for every day,

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or perhaps a gunmetal, and that would be worn on their waistcoat.

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These gold watches tended to be for special occasions,

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so if you were going out for the evening or a wedding, you'd wear this item,

0:19:280:19:32

and why lots of them have survived in this condition. It's beautiful.

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And what a generous thing to give. There are three different types.

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The first one being a full case, which is where you can't see the face at all.

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The second one is a half-hunter, where it has a small gap where you can tell the time,

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and the third type is an open face, which this one is, where you can see the whole face.

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All these Roman numerals on the back. This one dates some time after about 1910,

0:19:530:19:58

-so I'd put this about 1920, 1930.

-Oh.

0:19:580:20:00

I can tell that because it's got a screw wind, it's not a key-wound,

0:20:000:20:04

but let me see if it's rolled gold or solid gold.

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Let's have a look. No, this one is solid gold.

0:20:060:20:09

-Look at that.

-Oh, so it is gold then?

-Solid gold.

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-Oh.

-They didn't give you a chain that went with it, or anything?

-No, that was it.

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So what you've got is a 1920s solid-gold open-face pocket watch in good condition.

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-If I said around the £100 mark, £80-120?

-Whoa, yeah.

0:20:210:20:26

-Does that sound all right to you?

-That sounds all right to me.

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It's handsome, but will it turn out to be worth its weight in gold?

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We'll find out soon enough.

0:20:340:20:36

Our day in Lancashire is almost over,

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but it seems there's one last offering in Syd's den that could help us to victory on auction day.

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Now, I've got to ask you, Sheree, where have all these boats come from?

0:20:440:20:48

It seems to be a fascination with all things nautical going on here.

0:20:480:20:52

There is, that's Syd. He builds... These he's built.

0:20:520:20:55

-Yes, you found the one I didn't build.

-Oh, right, OK.

0:20:550:20:58

So you made some of these? That's fantastic.

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Yes, but not that one. I got that, would you believe, in an antique shop.

0:21:010:21:05

Well, it wasn't an antique shop, it was like a junk shop. I think I paid about £30 for it.

0:21:050:21:09

But to me, it's worth everything.

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Just the way it was built, I don't know when it was built, you'll know that, but...

0:21:110:21:16

-These tend to be very 1970s.

-Are they?!

-The Golden Hind. These are reproduced.

0:21:160:21:20

Don't forget, this originally, the original Golden Hind, was sailing in the 16th century, 1570s,

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so in the 1970s, there was a massive interest in that particular vessel,

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so lots of these things were inspired.

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So you get lots of paintings, models, lots of kits you could buy.

0:21:330:21:36

And of course, the Golden Hind, famous for circumnavigating the globe, commissioned by Elizabeth I,

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which is why you've got "ER" on the sail here, fantastic,

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but it was belonging to Sir Francis Drake, and it really was the ship that sparked the Anglo-Spanish war.

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When they went out to Brazil and the Caribbean, he bumped into lots of Spanish ships

0:21:510:21:56

and apparently, the booty that he brought back home

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after circumnavigating the globe was enough to pay off the national debt.

0:21:590:22:03

-Wow!

-Which was amazing. Can you imagine doing that today?

0:22:030:22:06

It's lovely, that. I just love anything nautical.

0:22:060:22:09

It's a nice little ship and I just hope it does well.

0:22:090:22:12

-I hope it gets a lot of money.

-Well, let's hope so.

0:22:120:22:15

I think it's the sort of thing that people do tend to collect.

0:22:150:22:18

It's quite desirable. It's one of the most famous ships that the British Navy has ever had,

0:22:180:22:25

-so if I said about the 100 mark, £70-100, would that help you?

-Wow.

0:22:250:22:30

-Yeah.

-All right.

-That's brilliant. If we could make that at auction, that'd be wonderful.

0:22:300:22:34

Wonderful for you, wonderful for the charity,

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and I think that means, with a grand finale like that, we can end our rummaging

0:22:370:22:42

which is a great relief all round. OK, well, if everything goes to plan at the auction,

0:22:420:22:47

and based on Paul's lowest estimates... Now, what was your target this morning?

0:22:470:22:51

-£500.

-£500, all right.

0:22:510:22:54

Well, we're hoping that you will make, actually...

0:22:540:22:57

-£680!

-Oh!

-Oh, fantastic!

-Yeah.

0:22:570:23:01

-So fingers crossed, then.

-Absolutely.

0:23:010:23:04

-That would certainly help the charity.

-Dead right, yeah.

-That's lovely.

-OK.

0:23:040:23:08

Well, thanks ever so much. We've had a great day

0:23:080:23:11

-and we'll pack everything up and see you at the auction.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

0:23:110:23:15

Considering Syd's attachment to his nautical memorabilia,

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it's very generous of him to send the Golden Hind into service.

0:23:180:23:22

What a great end to our rummage, and here are some of the other pieces going under the hammer.

0:23:220:23:27

Syd's showbiz memorabilia.

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Some Little and Large fans might just pay well over £20-£30 for it.

0:23:290:23:34

The Yamaha Pacifica guitar

0:23:340:23:38

could rock-and-roll its way to the stars at £70-£100.

0:23:380:23:41

And let's not forget that Thomas Sheraton-style cabinet,

0:23:410:23:45

which deserves to make its asking price of £120-£150.

0:23:450:23:51

Still to come on Cash In The Celebrity Attic - the Little lots just fly out of the saleroom.

0:23:540:24:00

-Whoa!

-What a result. What a result.

0:24:000:24:04

It doesn't take Syd long to prove he's still got that old magic...

0:24:040:24:08

Going, going...gone! Hooray!

0:24:080:24:12

Well done, that was brilliant.

0:24:120:24:16

Be there when that final hammer falls.

0:24:160:24:18

Well, we certainly had a laugh up there at Fleetwood with Syd Little and his lovely wife, Sheree.

0:24:220:24:28

Syd's donating some wonderful items to help his chosen cause, the Alzheimer's Society,

0:24:280:24:33

and we've brought everything here to Cuttlestones Auctioneers at Penkridge near Stafford.

0:24:330:24:38

Now, Syd wants to raise £500 for the society,

0:24:380:24:40

but we're hoping the bidders here will be even more generous when his items go under the hammer.

0:24:400:24:47

It's early on auction day in this very picturesque village.

0:24:470:24:51

A cattle market in Victorian times, the modern-day saleroom is already getting busy,

0:24:510:24:56

with plenty of interesting lots to keep the bidders occupied.

0:24:560:24:59

One man who's certainly at home here is our expert, Paul Hayes,

0:24:590:25:03

and he seems quite excited about the Littles' chances today.

0:25:030:25:07

Do you remember Syd's garage, that bit of furniture that was a bit distressed,

0:25:070:25:12

-needed a bit of loving care? Take a look. Isn't that fantastic?

-My goodness!

0:25:120:25:17

-He's given it a good old polish. It's got a lovely, rich colour.

-It's scrubbed up well.

0:25:170:25:22

-It has!

-Rather like you.

-Thank you very much.

0:25:220:25:25

Sheree's efforts have definitely improved the cabinet's chances of making a top sale.

0:25:250:25:30

As our couple take in the saleroom buzz, I hope they're feeling as optimistic as we are.

0:25:300:25:36

You're saying goodbye to some quite personal items today, really.

0:25:360:25:40

You've kindly donated your guitar, I suppose, is top of the list.

0:25:400:25:43

Yes, it's been around the world a few times with me and I played it on the QE2 and, yeah, yeah,

0:25:430:25:49

it'll be sad to see, but I've got my felt-tip pen and I can actually sign it, if they want it signing, that is.

0:25:490:25:55

-Brilliant.

-Do you think that's a good idea? Do you want to sell it on the rostrum?

0:25:550:25:59

Oh, I'd love to, yeah. Oh, great.

0:25:590:26:02

But beware, though, I'll be on there for an hour.

0:26:020:26:05

Well, the auction is about to start, so let's find a good place. Shall we go this way?

0:26:050:26:10

Follow me.

0:26:100:26:11

The first of Syd's lots has a nautical theme and, as we know, that's very close to his heart.

0:26:130:26:18

Paul had high hopes

0:26:180:26:19

for this model of Sir Francis Drake's famous Tudor warship.

0:26:190:26:24

On the Golden Hind at £40. At £40. Who says 45? Quickly...

0:26:250:26:29

-At £40, the bid's with us and no mistake.

-Oh, come on.

-At £40...

0:26:290:26:33

At £40. Is there interest?

0:26:330:26:36

We've got a commission. That's all we've got.

0:26:360:26:38

At £40? We sell it and no mistake, at £40...

0:26:380:26:43

-There's profit...

-There's profit for you, but it's less than we expected.

-Yeah.

0:26:430:26:48

Well, we had been hoping for a much more exciting start.

0:26:480:26:52

That's just over half Paul's lower estimate.

0:26:520:26:55

Still, there's plenty to come. In fact, the room ought to be buzzing over the next lot.

0:26:550:27:00

It's more unique than we thought.

0:27:000:27:03

I think we might have a bit of a sleeper going on here.

0:27:030:27:06

-Do you know what a sleeper is?

-No.

-Not a clue.

0:27:060:27:08

Something that's come in with a low estimate that might do quite well.

0:27:080:27:12

This is the bust of Nelson, which is very collectable anyway,

0:27:120:27:16

but it's made by Royal Doulton and it's a limited edition,

0:27:160:27:19

-so that's very collectable to the collectors.

-Good.

0:27:190:27:22

And we'll start the commission straight in at £50.

0:27:220:27:25

50 already. There you are, see?

0:27:250:27:27

£50, 5, 60,

0:27:270:27:29

-5, 70...

-Come on!

-..5, 80,

0:27:290:27:32

5, 90, 5, 100.

0:27:320:27:35

The bid's with me at £100.

0:27:350:27:38

At £100 bid, £10 now.

0:27:380:27:40

-At £100...

-It really is a sleeper.

0:27:400:27:42

At 110 on the web, 120 with me.

0:27:420:27:44

At £120, the bid is with me, the web is out. At 120, we sell.

0:27:440:27:49

-£120... On commission at £120.

-Yes!

0:27:490:27:53

A lovely surprise - six times Paul's lower estimate.

0:27:530:27:59

Syd and Sheree are obviously delighted with this result.

0:27:590:28:02

Next to go under the hammer is another birthday gift

0:28:020:28:05

from Sheree to Syd, again with a nautical theme.

0:28:050:28:10

Where do we start? Do we start the bidding at £30? £20, start me surely.

0:28:100:28:14

-Come on.

-20, I'm bid. 22, 24. 26, 28. I have the lady's bid at 28.

0:28:140:28:20

-28.

-30, I've come to you all.

-Oh, they're all bidding for it, there you go.

-Blimey.

-Quite a lot.

0:28:200:28:26

35 standing, at £35.

0:28:260:28:27

-38?

-Come on.

-At 38, fresh money. 40, sir?

0:28:270:28:30

-Oh!

-40.

0:28:300:28:32

45.

0:28:320:28:34

50. I have gentleman's bid at £50.

0:28:340:28:37

At £50 bid on the post there, selling £50, going at £50. Yes, sir.

0:28:370:28:43

-Yes!

-Brilliant.

0:28:430:28:46

A bit of a battle - they recreated it there.

0:28:460:28:49

THEY ALL LAUGH

0:28:490:28:51

Another great result. It's so good to see everything selling well.

0:28:510:28:56

Back when Syd was a regular fixture on our screens with comedy partner Eddie Large,

0:28:560:29:00

it was his job to be the butt of jokes.

0:29:000:29:03

And to this day, he's still up for a laugh.

0:29:030:29:06

228, the Yamaha electric guitar and case, with amp, used by Syd, and he's on the way!

0:29:060:29:11

THEY CHEER

0:29:110:29:13

-He's fast, isn't he?

-< How do you get in here?

0:29:160:29:18

Right, afternoon, I won't keep you...

0:29:180:29:23

I am Syd Little. Hands up all those who thought I was dead!

0:29:230:29:26

I've never seen so many hands go up at once. Did you see that?

0:29:260:29:30

In an auction room. Yeah, well, this is a guitar that, actually...

0:29:300:29:34

I've got a few at home, but this one is very dear to me, because this has been all round the world with me

0:29:340:29:41

a few times, and other places, so I'm going to start the bidding at...

0:29:410:29:46

-Ben, what do you think?

-We've got a commission bid of £50.

0:29:460:29:49

-Oh, £50!

-Wey-hey!

-And if anybody wants it signed, I've got my felt-tip pen,

0:29:490:29:54

and it also comes with an amp. I actually found an amp in the attic, so we've got an amplifier,

0:29:540:29:59

so it's a nice Christmas present for a budding Jimi Hendrix or Syd Little.

0:29:590:30:03

LAUGHTER So £50, anybody?

0:30:030:30:07

-Oh, we're in at 50. 51. What's that?

-It's all over the place.

0:30:070:30:10

£60? Any more than 60? I'll sign it. 60, 70, £70. £70...

0:30:100:30:15

£80! Do you want it signed?

0:30:150:30:17

£90! Oh, I like this. £90! Any advance on 90? 100 quid. £100!

0:30:170:30:24

He's got 100.

0:30:240:30:25

I won't sign it, it'll be worth more. No, 110. Is that unsigned? Yeah.

0:30:250:30:30

-£110, unsigned.

-He's getting excited, isn't he?

-Where? 120, wow, £120.

0:30:300:30:38

130. £130 for this fantastic guitar.

0:30:380:30:42

-He's getting excited!

-140, he's there.

0:30:420:30:45

140. That's double what we were expecting, actually.

0:30:450:30:49

140! 140, any advance? 150. 150!

0:30:490:30:52

Any advance on 150? 160.

0:30:520:30:56

Sorry, folks, you'll be here till midnight. 160, any advance on 160?

0:30:560:31:01

-His voice can't get any higher.

-160?

0:31:010:31:04

-Going, going...

-Are you bidding, madam?

0:31:040:31:06

Where, where, where? Ooh, careful. 160? Going, going...gone.

0:31:060:31:12

-Sold, £160.

-Hooray!

0:31:120:31:14

-Well done. That was brilliant?

-That was really good. Fantastic.

-That's great.

0:31:140:31:21

Syd's got a real flair for this - well over Paul's highest estimate.

0:31:220:31:27

Let's hope the next lot gets as much interest

0:31:270:31:30

and that someone here collects fairies.

0:31:300:31:32

At £35, on the net.

0:31:320:31:35

-That's great, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-That's good.

0:31:350:31:38

Another good sale for Syd and Sheree.

0:31:380:31:41

People here seem to like their bits and pieces.

0:31:410:31:44

Next is another of Syd's favourites. In fact, he likes it so much I'm surprised it made it to auction.

0:31:440:31:49

What we're looking for now is £70 for your tantalus,

0:31:490:31:53

-which is a very generous donation, because you still use this.

-We do.

0:31:530:31:57

Yeah, we're going to miss it next Christmas, so...

0:31:570:32:00

-shame but we'll find another one, won't we?

-Hopefully so.

0:32:000:32:04

-We'll start the bidding at £50 on the nice oak tantalus. At £50.

-£50.

0:32:040:32:08

55, 60, 5, 70,

0:32:080:32:11

5. I'm out at 75 on the tantalus.

0:32:110:32:14

At £75.

0:32:140:32:15

£75.

0:32:150:32:17

-80, thank you. 85.

-Yes!

-90? I have the lady's bid at £90.

0:32:170:32:23

Are we five now? 95, back in. Fill it up, madam.

0:32:230:32:27

-Fantastic. £95.

-< It is for charity.

0:32:270:32:30

100, thank you.

0:32:300:32:32

-Well done.

-Thank you.

0:32:320:32:34

At £100... It's for charity, John.

0:32:340:32:36

It's not going to work twice! At £100, and we'll sell and no mistake at £100. Thank you.

0:32:360:32:42

-Oh, well.

-There you go, that's good, isn't it?

-Yeah, yeah.

-That's brilliant.

0:32:420:32:47

What a relief, especially in view of that damage to a decanter.

0:32:470:32:51

And what's more, we made Paul's top estimate.

0:32:510:32:55

In fact, he's been bang on target for most of the sales today,

0:32:550:32:59

so let's find out how well we're doing so far.

0:32:590:33:02

-Halfway through. It's been sort of jittery, hasn't it?

-Nervous, yeah.

0:33:030:33:08

-When was he last that nervous?

-Probably our wedding day!

0:33:080:33:12

Well, I'll tell you there's really no need to be nervous,

0:33:120:33:15

because at the start of the day, we said £500 would be great for your charity, the Alzheimer's Society.

0:33:150:33:20

Well, at the halfway point, you have made £505!

0:33:200:33:25

Wow!

0:33:250:33:27

-How about that?

-Fantastic.

0:33:270:33:29

I think we deserve a break, or have a look around the auction. OK?

0:33:290:33:32

-Let's go.

-Let's go.

-Yeah.

0:33:320:33:34

Not bad, eh? And we're only halfway through.

0:33:340:33:38

Time for a well-earned cup of tea before the rest of the sale.

0:33:380:33:42

Now, if you want to raise some extra cash at auction,

0:33:420:33:45

don't forget that commission and other charges will apply

0:33:450:33:48

so check the details with your saleroom to avoid any unexpected costs.

0:33:480:33:52

So far today, we've done better than any of us could have hoped.

0:33:550:33:58

Let's keep up the momentum in the second half, which promises even more.

0:33:580:34:03

There's that lovely silver and glass swan given to Syd and Sheree as a wedding gift.

0:34:030:34:07

And how could we forget that handsome Thomas Sheraton-style cabinet?

0:34:080:34:13

Up next, a blast from Syd's past.

0:34:130:34:16

Do you know what I have noticed actually,

0:34:160:34:18

and well done to your credit again, you two,

0:34:180:34:20

you've framed this caricature and he looks very well presented here.

0:34:200:34:24

-It does.

-An odd piece of paper is one thing,

0:34:240:34:26

but a framed picture, different thing altogether.

0:34:260:34:29

-Let's hope it'll do all right.

-Let's hope it works.

0:34:290:34:32

And we'll start it straight in at £20.

0:34:320:34:34

There we go, £20, we've got a commission. Fantastic.

0:34:340:34:37

And the poster's at £20, who says 22? Thank you.

0:34:370:34:40

At 22, I'm only bid at 20... 24.

0:34:400:34:42

-24.

-26, 28, 30.

0:34:420:34:45

32, 34, 36. 38, 40.

0:34:450:34:50

I'll sign it.

0:34:510:34:52

No, you said that last time and the price went down!

0:34:520:34:56

Forget that then.

0:34:560:34:58

-He tells the jokes.

-Are we 44 anywhere?

0:34:580:35:01

At 42 and we'll sell and no mistake, at £42? You've got it, sir.

0:35:010:35:06

There you are, I think that's great, thank you very much.

0:35:060:35:10

So supersonic Syd rides again.

0:35:100:35:13

The memorabilia from his heyday will no doubt adorn

0:35:130:35:16

someone's wall for many years to come.

0:35:160:35:18

Now, what interest will there be in our silver?

0:35:180:35:21

At £60...

0:35:210:35:24

-Oh.

-Very good.

0:35:250:35:28

Fantastic, bang on Paul's upper estimate.

0:35:280:35:32

Up next is this beautiful wedding gift

0:35:320:35:34

and we're all expecting it to make an impressive show.

0:35:340:35:37

-And we'll start at £20.

-20 we're in.

0:35:370:35:41

Silver swan at 22, 25, 28, 30,

0:35:410:35:44

32, 35, 38, 40.

0:35:440:35:48

£40, at £40. Who says 45?

0:35:480:35:50

At 40 I'm bid, five quickly. At £40.

0:35:500:35:53

At £40, we're selling and no mistake, £40...

0:35:530:36:00

-Yay! Fantastic.

-Very nice.

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Everything seems to be selling today

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and that was right in the middle of Paul's valuation.

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Syd and Sheree must be thrilled we're doing so well.

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Next to go under the hammer,

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the 1950s pocket watch.

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At nine carats, let's hope it really is a pot of gold.

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We've got another of the charity's donations now here, I think the pocket watch.

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It's from the society again, the Alzheimer's, yes?

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Yes, I was quite surprised actually because when it was shown to Paul.

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he opened it up and it's solid gold.

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So, you know, I don't know if that will bring the price up, it should do.

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-Yes, gold is rocketing at the moment, isn't it?

-It is really.

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The bullion price of gold has gone up, but don't forget this has an added value as well.

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It has the price of gold but also of the value of a watch.

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It's an intrinsic item in its own right,

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so I've put this in at £80 to £120.

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Let's hope somebody agrees, but I think it's a great example.

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At £50 I'm on with the watch. At £50, £50.

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Five, thank you, at 55 I'm bid.

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55, 60. 60.

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70, 5. 80, I'll come to you all.

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85. 90, sir?

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90. Five.

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100, 110.

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-This is good.

-No? 110 I'm bid.

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The lady has bid at £110. Are we 120? 120, thank you.

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-130, I have £130. The lady's bid at 130.

-I want it back!

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At £130, I sell at £130.

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Fantastic.

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£10 over the top estimate.

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The bidders are lapping it up,

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that's another one to top Paul's upper estimate.

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Let's see if the next lot,

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which belonged to Sheree's father, is one for the boys.

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Lot 290A and we'll start in at £100.

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£100, how's that?

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Start me at £100. I'm bid 110,

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120, 130. I'm out at 130, the commission is at 130.

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At 130, I'm only bid at 130, who says 140? 140.

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-That's it.

-140.

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150. I'm bid £150.

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It's all gone quiet because you know the cameras are here. 150 bid.

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I'm selling at £150.

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All done at 150.

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-How's that?

-Thanks.

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These 1960s steam toys often attract enthusiasts

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of all ages and today they've done us proud.

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Just one more lot to go.

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Display cabinets often sell quite well,

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and with that extra polishing from Sheree,

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we could be on to a winner here.

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We want to know if all your hard work has paid off

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with that display cabinet. It looks great now.

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It's a great example, and you've done yourself a favour.

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Let's hope people agree here.

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Let's see what value you have added to it.

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We already have commissions at £100 to start.

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Started with 100!

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We'll start with £100, the display cabinet at £100.

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110 I'm bid, at 120, 130, 140,

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150, 160, 170. I'm out at 170 bid.

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-170!

-170 bid, are we 180?

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At 170 bid. At 180 quickly. At 170.

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It's 170.

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170 all done now... 180, fresh money.

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-180.

-190, 200. 210...

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-It's your polishing!

-220, 230.

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Have another look at it.

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230 bid.

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240. 240 at the back.

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At 240. At 240, we sell at the back of the room at £240.

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-Whoa!

-What a result! What a result!

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Thank you! Thank you!

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Whoo-whoo-whoo!

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Fantastic, what a finish!

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What an amazing finale.

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Everything has sold, and for very respectable prices.

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There's only one thing left for us to do now and that's tot up our total.

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-It's over. It's been really exciting.

-It has, it has.

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I'm pleased because it's the first one I've put stuff in and sold so we're over the moon.

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-You did your bit, selling that guitar, that was fantastic.

-Yeah, that came good.

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-At the start of the day... You're dying to know what we made, are you?

-Yeah!

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At the start of the day, £500 was the target for your charity, all going to the charity.

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You know you've made your target because we did that at half-time.

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You've actually made £1,167.

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Fantastic!

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-Isn't that good?

-I'm so pleased for the charity.

-So are we.

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I think it's been worth coming just to see you auction off that guitar.

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-That was priceless for me!

-I don't want to do it again.

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Don't come round for another 20 years, will you?

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Thanks ever so much for taking part, it's been a pleasure to meet you.

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Well, we've enjoyed every minute of it, thank you.

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Syd has raised his money for the Alzheimer's Society.

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It doesn't matter whether it's tuppence or £2, or £2 million.

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Every little helps, I'm there again, aren't I!

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Well, Syd Little is my name.

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His donation will support many of the charity's activities, like this weekly tea dance.

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It's held at Twickenham village hall in Middlesex

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and helps people with Alzheimer's keep fit and relaxed, like Janice and Terry.

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It gets you out. Otherwise we'd be very isolated at home.

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If it wasn't for the Alzheimer's Society, we'd be stuck in the house most of the time,

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and it's people who have the same sort of problems and they understand.

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They're understanding, kind people and it's just lovely.

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It's like a second family really with the Alzheimer's group, it's just really nice.

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You really enjoy it, don't you?

0:41:550:41:57

-Yeah.

-Yeah, it does get us out and he loves music. He loves music.

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Sally and Martin also have no doubt about the benefits of this kind of gathering.

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No matter how old they are and what problems they have at home,

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they come in here and we're here to make them laugh

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and share our worries and our experiences.

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-I don't know what we'd do without it actually.

-No, it's exceedingly important for us.

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So that's a fabulous result for Syd, Sheree and their charity.

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They made more than twice what they had been expecting.

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If you'd like to raise money for something special

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and you think you have some bits and pieces hidden round the home, why not apply to come on the show?

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You can find the form on our website, and that's...

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Good luck, and maybe see you next time on Cash In The Attic.

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Jennie Bond invites comedian Syd Little to sell his belongings before a Staffordshire auction crowd. He hopes to raise at least 500 pounds in aid of an Alzheimer's charity, but ends up making more than double his target in a heart-warming sale.


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