Well all pitched in - and Hebden is open for business

Some of the Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre team - pictured with Anton Du Beke, centre  - are Trish Banyard, antiques dealer Jude Hall and Peter Banyard at the filming for Antiques Road Trip, just weeks before the flood
Some of the Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre team - pictured with Anton Du Beke, centre - are Trish Banyard, antiques dealer Jude Hall and Peter Banyard at the filming for Antiques Road Trip, just weeks before the flood

ONLY weeks after filming for television’s Antiques Road Trip programme, antique dealers all pitched in to help when flood waters engulfed the ground floor of Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre in Albert Street.

Patricia Banyard runs the centre, which houses 50 separate antique dealerships.

“The 12 antique dealers on the ground floor were particularly badly affected, one in particular, who deals in antique books lost everything. Others had stock lost or damaged,” she said.

“The Fire Service pumped out the ground floor and then the antique dealers rolled up their sleeves, pitched in and spent two and a half days cleaning and getting the centre up and running again.

“We want people to know that Hebden Bridge is open for business.”

The centre has taken the first steps on the road to recovery.

Only a couple of weeks ago, the centre was filmed for an episode of BBC TVs popular Antiques Road Trip, which is due to be screened in the autumn.

“The choreographer, Arlene Phillips and dancer Anton Du Beke from Strictly Come Dancing were here, along with antiques experts, Charles Hanson and James Braxton. The next minute we were having to deal with the floods - but we’re really bouncing back,” says Patricia.