Auction house set to launch

Auctioneer Nigel Blagburn at Alnwick Auctions.
Auctioneer Nigel Blagburn at Alnwick Auctions.

An auction house is set to sell its first lots this weekend after more than a year in the making.

Alnwick Auctions has been set up by Nigel Blagburn following calls for a saleroom in the area after the town’s original auction house closed in 2012.

Nigel, 47, runs Alnwick Exchange, an antiques shop near Barter Books, and decided to extend the business because of interest.

He said: “It has taken us about a year or so to put it all together.

“We had a massive response from local people because they wanted to have an auction site in Alnwick.

“We have got everything from gold to 1920s bronzes, lots of furniture and lots of really nice lots.”

The auction house, next to Jewson’s at the Station Yard, has been kitted out with the inside of St Bede’s Church in Jarrow.

The pulpit will be used to conduct the auction process and the church items are one of the main features of the saleroom.

Nigel has always been involved in antiques.

He spent 12 years working in London at Portobello Market and then came back to Alnwick with a wealth of expertise.

For the past 10 years he has been doing auctions and selling antiques and is now taking his business on even further.

“There has been a massive response from the public,” he said.

“Alnwick had an auction house for hundreds of years, but ever since that closed down there hasn’t been anywhere in the town.

“A lot of stuff ended up going to landfill.

“But now we have got somewhere that we can sell stuff on.

“It’s all about rehoming and people being really pleased with their new item. The way things are now, people like arts and crafts and new projects.

“It is about recycling items to make them new and an opportunity for someone to make something their own.”

The first auction will take place on Saturday.

For more information about the auctions, contact Nigel on 01665 603438 or 07503 111331.

Auctions are set to take place each month.