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Geoff Sandford, of the North West Museum of Road Transport, on Hall Street, St Helens, with antiques expert Paul Hayes during filming for BBC Television's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Geoff Sandford, of the North West Museum of Road Transport, on Hall Street, St Helens, with antiques expert Paul Hayes during filming for BBC Television's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
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ANTIQUES expert Paul Hayes paid a whirlwind visit to St Helens’ transport museum while filming for a popular daytime TV show.

Mr Hayes, a resident expert on the BBC Two series Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, turned up at the North West Museum of Road Transport at short notice earlier this month with a television film crew.

Armed with a framed age-old poster advertising bus tours around Blackpool, he secured a sale too - with museum boss Geoff Sandford happy to fork out £65.

Afterwards, Geoff told the Reporter: “Paul turned up with a tv producer and cameraman to see if we would be interested in the poster. It’s the sort of thing that you would have seen outside a coach operator and has the shadow of a Blackpool bus on it alongside a set of palm trees and the white cliffs of Dover!

“Paul wasn’t interested in making a profit on the poster though. He just thought it would be a good thing for the museum and was happy to accept the £65 that he had paid for it.”

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, filmed by Reef Television for the BBC, has aired since March 2008 and pits top antiques experts against each other.

And, with their own cash on the line, it’s antique pistols at dawn!

Viewers will have to wait until December 2012 or January 2013 to see the show featuring the Hall Street transport museum though.

Geoff Sandford added: “The present series will come to an end later this year and then there will be a break before the next series goes on air. It’s great publicity for the museum though and we can’t wait to see the episode that we’ll be featuring in.”