Ribble Reclamation staff appear on Channel 5 show

Dale and Paul of Ribble Reclamation, who have starred in Storage:Flog the Lot on Channel 5
Dale and Paul of Ribble Reclamation, who have starred in Storage:Flog the Lot on Channel 5
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Antiques experts from a Preston salvage yard have appeared on a national television show.

Ribble Reclamation in has featured in Channel Five’s Storage: Flog the Lot!, with professional dealers bidding for mystery items.

And the Ribbleton contestants were confident they had done well in the show, which is due to be aired again in the new year.

Manager Dale Sumner, who has worked at the yard for 20 years, said the team had been approached following their successes on other salvage shows.

He said: “They rang round for other people to take part in it, but they wanted us as the main two and we didn’t have to do an audition.

“It was a bit of fun and a lot of people liked it, and the second half comes out at the end of this month.” The show was filmed in a warehouse in Maidstone. Dale said: “In comes a big seven-tonne truck with a curtain-side, we gather together waiting to see what’s in it and an auctioneer comes out.

“He opens the truck and it’s full of gear so we get to look at it for five minutes.

“You can’t handle anything and after five minutes you start bidding with your own money.

“We’ve done very well. We won four lockers and in the closing shot we were ahead on the takings.”

Part of the series has already been shown on Channel Five, with the second half due to be aired in the new year, according to TV bosses.

Dale said: “Everything’s a gamble. But it’s all down to having a good eye, being in the game a long time and knowing what you can sell. We look for architectural antiques.

“I was also a fine art dealer so I look for anything interesting we can make a profit out of.

“It was a real mixed bag of lots, every wagon was different so it was very difficult to know what was coming 
next, but it was an educated guess.

“We do it every day, people come in here selling their goods, particularly now because there’s a recession on, so a lot of people are coming to us at the moment.”

He added: “It was interesting and we had a bit of fun.”