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Beamhurst Museum owner is set to star in Salvage Hunters

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THE owner of a popular museum dedicated to all things Uttoxeter is set to star in a television show as he receives the latest edition to his collection.

John Walton was surrounded by television cameras yesterday as they filmed for a new series of Salvage Hunters, which is shown on the Quest channel.

His Beamhurst Museum has already become a talking point in the town due to the vast number of collectables on show, with open days becoming a busy time for the Walton family.

The producers will record Mr Walton receiving a 1930’s children’s barber chair, which has a horses head to keep the child entertained while they were getting their hair done.

Mr Walton’s wife Laura told the Post and Times: “The researcher came over just after Easter to have a look around and was like wow.

“The show sees Drew Pritchard, who has got an antiques business in Wales, go round the country trying to buy various items.

“We did explain that this is a museum and we don’t sell the items but he wanted to come anyway.

“John just happened to mention that he watched the show and about the barbers chair and he said he still had it for sale.

“We have now brought the chair and the television company wanted to film and interview John getting the chair and a bit of the museum as well.

“The researcher was mesmerised by what we have got in the museum.

“The chair is a wonderful little item. It is just fantastic.”

Daughter Bethany will also be appearing in the show, as she follows in her father’s footsteps with a passion for anything which is antique.

Mrs Walton added: “It is very exciting.

“Bethany was there after school as she herself is becoming a budding little antique collector.”

The family does not yet know when the show will be aired but it is thought it will be for the next series which will hit the small screen later this year.

It is not the first time the Waltons have appeared on television after previously making guest appearances on BBC2’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is after purchasing items from James Lewis.

Anyone who has not yet had the chance to visit the museum, based in Beamhurst, have got another opportunity to pop down this weekend.

The museum will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm from Saturday to Monday.

The 43-year-old said: “We were very busy over the Easter weekend and it was very good.

“It all went very well.”

The museum is free to visit and more information is available by visiting the website at www.beamhurstmuseum.co.uk or by phoning 01889 507003.

Group bookings are also available to anyone who books in advanced.

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