THE organiser of an antiques event to raise charity cash for kids got more than she bargained for when she took along a trio of family heir looms.
Julia Patterson, chairman of the Hartlepool District NSPCC, organised the fundraiser at The Castle Eden Inn, in Castle Eden, where the star guest was Adam Schoon from TV show The Antiques Roadshow.
Julia, from Elwick Road, in Hartlepool, took along three World War One medals which were awarded to her husband’s father, the late Jack Patterson, for his efforts as a second lieutenant in the conflict.
And she was pleasantly surprised when antiques expert Adam informed her that the Victory Medal, the George V War Medal, and the 1914-15 Star – which were all boxed and had the original ribbons with them – were worth up to £300.
Julia said: “They are my husband’s father’s medals and they have his name engraved on the sides.
“We’ve never had them valued, so I was very surprised when Adam Schoon said they were worth so much money.
“They belong to the family and I would never contemplate selling them.”
Adam, who examined and valued dozens of objects brought in by guests to the event, said: “It’s great to get a set of three like this, they are known as the World War One trio.
“Without knowing what Mr Patterson did in the war, and in this condition, I’d say the items would be worth between £200 and £300.”
They all received a lunch before taking part in an Antiques Roadshow style quiz which saw Adam show off a number of different objects which the guests then had to try and name the most valuable among them.
Afterwards they put Adam to the test and showed him a number of their own items which he placed an estimated value on.
Dozens of people attended the event, and all the money raised from the event will be given to the NSPCC.