Northants antiques firm in final ten of shop awards

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A county antiques centre has been shortlisted in the final 10 of a national competition to find the nation’s favourite shops.

Brackley Antiques Cellar is this year going “all guns blazing” in a bid to win the Homes & Antiques magazine award to find the best antiques centre in Britain.

The underground centre, which opened in Brackley 13 years ago, was a runner-up in the best antiques centre category last year, which was also the first year of the awards.

The magazine has now announced the cellar has been shortlisted in the final 10 for this year’s gong, after staff worked around the clock in a bid to get people to vote for the Northamptonshire firm and to go one better than 2012.

A public vote, which closed last month, will now be counted up by judges, with the nation’s favourite antiques centre to be revealed at a ceremony to be held later this month. Debbe Perry, manager of the antiques cellar, said: “We can’t do any more now. They know who has won it, so they will keep us hanging on a bit longer. There is no more public voting and we just have to wait until the 25th.”

The Brackley centre is up against nine centres, from Shropshire, Lincolnshire, and even Perthshire, in Scotland.

Closer to home, the finalists also include Antiques on High, based in Oxford, as well as the Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre.

Debbe added: “We are up against tough opposition but the whole town and a lot of the county have got behind us and hopefully they have all voted for us.”

The winners will be announced, on April 25, in Battersea Park, London.