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Party like it's 1937!

Byline: By Tony Deeley

DUDLEY Zoo memorabilia caught the eye of BBC's antique experts when they called in to record footage for a forthcoming Flog It! programme.

Zoo chief executive, Peter Suddock, said: "The Flog It! crew spent quite a time recording at Dudley Castle and we got talking about the history of the site and the zoo's recent 70th anniversary exhibition.

"When they saw part of a silver-plated tea set from the 1930s in our display they asked me to dig the rest out of the vaults and take it along to their valuation day."

The tea set, comprising teapot, water container and milk jug, is stamped Dudley Zoo 1937 - the year it opened to the public - and bears the manufacturer's name, Walker Hall of Sheffield.

Mr Suddock added: "Flog It! anchorman, Paul Martin, valued the sets at pounds 75 each, and said their value is doubled because of the zoo stamp.

"They were part of the original tableware used in the Queen Mary Ballroom for afternoon tea.

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TEA FOR TWO... Paul Martin (right), of Flog It!, with Dudley Zoo chief executive Peter Suddock and part of the zoo's 1937 silver-plated tea set.
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