BBC TV’s Antique Roadshow specialist Will Farmer left a woman stunned when he came to Knutsford.

The glass, ceramics and 20th century art expert was guest speaker at a Knutsford Rotary Club fundraiser at Toft Cricket Club.

The event was a sell-out, attracting 100 guests and raised more than £4,000 for local charities and projects.

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Knutsford Guardian: Will Farmer entertained guests with a 'highly engaging' talkWill Farmer entertained guests with a 'highly engaging' talk (Image: Supplied)

Rotary member Chris Rossington brought along a glass pot to be valued.

Simon Carin, chairman of trustees at The Welcome, said: “Chris was delighted to learn about the origins of the pot.

Knutsford Guardian: Will valued this Japanese Satsuma glass jar at several thousand poundsWill valued this Japanese Satsuma glass jar at several thousand pounds (Image: Supplied)

“She had not realised it was Japanese Satsuma Glass and was very pleased to hear Will say it was in beautiful condition and worth several thousand pounds.”

Will’s talk entitled ‘From Rostrum to Roadshow’ covered his life on the programme and a look behind the scenes at how the long running TV show is made.

He spoke about some of his favourite finds over the years.

Knutsford Guardian: The charity event was a sell-out and raised more than £4,000The charity event was a sell-out and raised more than £4,000 (Image: Supplied)

Will’s love affair with antiques began at the tender age of four months when he was brought to his first auction.

His passion grew as he accompanied his mum and nan to fairs, auctions and shops over the years.

When he was only 12, he had his own stall at a local antique fair.

After studying silversmithing, jewellery and art and design at university, he formed his own company dealing in 20th century furniture.

Will provided valuations for several items that guests brought along.

He then ran an auction of prizes donated by local people and businesses, including his signed version of The Antiques Roadshow, 40 Years of Great Finds.

Tickets for a Morgan and Edwards wine tasting night, antique map of Knutsford and tickets for a Wrexham home game with hospitality came under the hammer.

The auction raised more than £600.

Dinner for two at The Cottons with a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce was among many raffle prizes.

The Welcome provided the catering, serving a supper of homemade lasagne, coleslaw and garlic bread.

Andrew Lloyd-Green, president of Knutsford Rotary Club, said: “We have already had fantastic feedback, our guests really enjoyed themselves.

“Will was highly engaging, entertaining and funny.

“We were treated to a behind the scenes tour of The Antiques Roadshow.

“Will’s knowledge, insights and storytelling made this a very special evening.”