Bearsden antiques dealer approached by makers of a new BBC programme

Sandy Welsh with painting by Kirkintilloch artist William Pratt
Sandy Welsh with painting by Kirkintilloch artist William Pratt

An antiques dealer in Bearsden was thrilled to be approached by the makers of a new BBC series called The Great Antiques Map of Britain.

Sandy Welsh, who owns a family business called Welsh Rare Bits, which was established in 1945, received a phone call from one of the programme researchers to ask for his help to find unusual or quirky items with a local connection.

He was one of hundreds of people who were contacted in advance of the filming in a bid to find suitable antiques with a story attached to them to feature on the show which will be filmed at Loch Lomond Farmers market on Sunday (April 6).

Mr Welsh said: “I’ve dealt in antiques for years so I think that’s why they approached me.

“I’m not sure whether I will appear on the show but I was certainly happy to help in any way I can.

“I have some lovely paintings by a well known artist from Kirkintilloch called William Pratt which may interest them.

“Local people may not realise that they have antiques which could be good for the show.

“It’s highly likely that there are some paintings by a Bearsden artist Jessie M. King in the area.

“Jessie was born in the manse at new Kilpatrick Parish Church and grew up there.

“Many of her ideas for paintings came from the burn next to her house.

“It would be great if someone came forward with one of them as they are highly collected.”

The Great Antiques Map of Britain will be presented by Tim Wonnacott in cities, towns and villages across the country to tell the story of Great Britian through antiquities and collectables.

Pitching up his valuation station, Tim will throw down the challenge to locals to bring him their precious family heirlooms for an expert opinion and appraisal.

This programme will reveal the process of the creation of the artworks and antiqities, to reveal the fascinating human, industrial and social history of Britain.

The research team would like to hear from anyone who has Clutha glass or a Singer sewing machine, please contact them on 0117 9742369 or email