A coup for Penallt WI! Adam Partridge, well-known auctioneer and antiques expert on BBC programmes Flog It! and formerly Bargain Hunt, was in Penallt as guest speaker at this month’s open meeting.
The evening’s entertainment ‘Antiques Antics’ attracted a good audience of members and non-members from a wide area. A wickedly funny speaker with an eye for the absurdities of human nature, Adam’s talk had the audience in stitches as he gave us an insight into both his auctioneering and television careers.
Burglars have been known to abandon caution and anonymity and turn up at Flog It! with their loot for valuation. Pleading ‘Not Guilty’ after being filmed with someone else’s property, passed off as an inheritance from Great Aunt Ethel, doesn’t tend to lead to an acquittal.
Audience members had been encouraged to bring along an item for Adam to discuss. A good variety of the old and the mysterious (but no loot) arrived in carrier bags and cardboard boxes and interesting stories and information from the expert were shared by all. The evening was unanimously voted a great success.
That next month’s meeting, on 1st September, is on poisonous plants is pure coincidence!