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

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

Sandy Welsh, owner of 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.

They are looking for antiques with a story attached to feature in 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.

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

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

“It’s likely that some people here have paintings by a highly collectible Bearsden artist called Jessie M. King.

“She was born in New Kilpatrick Parish Church manse and many of her paintings were inspired by the burn next to her home.

“It would be great if someone came forward with one of them.”

The Great Antiques Map of Britain will be presented in cities, towns and villages across the country by Tim Wonnacott.

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