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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Hexham: Could you rise to the antiques challenge?

DO you know your Ming from your Meissen; a Constable from a Caravaggio? Then we have a fantastic competition for you.

The Hexham Courant has teamed up with the Northumbrian Antiques and Collectors Fair to launch a Charity Antiques Challenge.

We’re looking for two teams of people, who are keen antiques hunters or collectors, who will be tasked with raising as much money as possible for their chosen charity at next month’s fair.

Each team of two people will be given £150 to spend on antiques and collectables during the first day of the fair – Friday, May 17.

All the items bought will then be resold the following day – hopefully at a profit – with all the money raised going to the teams’ charities.

The fair is being held at Tynedale Park, Corbridge, on May 17, 18 and 19, and is attracting antiques dealers from all over Britain.

On offer will be French glass and furniture, 18th and 19th Century ceramics, antique silver and jewellery, walking sticks, paintings, prints and much more.

Organiser Malcolm Eglin (pictured) said: “We are delighted to be part of this new competition run by the Hexham Courant.

“Enthusiasm and interest in antiques and collectables has never been greater and I am sure the success of the fair will reflect that.”

To take part in our challenge, simply answer the antique-related questions below and tell us in 150 words or less – on a separate sheet of paper – why you want to raise money for your chosen charity.

Two lucky winners will be chosen from the correct entries.

This competition is restricted to over 18s only. It is not open to employees of the CN Group or their families. Deadline for entries is noon on Tuesday, April 30.

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