Auction set to boost Balmore Trust funds

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An auction of items owned by one of Britain’s best-loved broadcasters is being held to raise money for a charity which was close to his heart.

Magnus Magnusson was the presenter of BBC TV’s ‘Mastermind’ for 25 years, as well as being a respected author and journalist. He passed away in January 2007, aged 77.

A sale of books, some with personal inscriptions, and an auction of items which belonged to the celebrated broadcaster and writer - who lived near Balmore in the parish of Baldernock - will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15 at Milngavie Town Hall.

The lots for auction include ‘Mastermind’ rarities such as a cut-class replica of the famous chair, items presented to him on various occasions and other treasures including a hip-flask, toby jug, pipes and more.

All proceeds will go to The Balmore Trust - a pioneering charity which has been helping to champion Fairtrade for more than 30 years from The Balmore Coach House.

Mr Magnusson was a staunch supporter of the Trust and its work to tackle world poverty, and spoke at the charity’s 25th anniversary in 2005.

Daughter Sally Magnusson - a respected broadcaster and author in her own right - was keen for the Trust to raise funds through the sale of items which belonged to her father.

She said: “My dad had a huge library of books and a number of gifts from organisations close to his heart, not all of which we have been able to keep ourselves. I know he’d have been glad to offer others the chance of helping The Balmore Coach House in this way.”

Sally will introduce the auction on Saturday morning (November 15) and it runs from 10am-noon. There will be a viewing the night before at the town hall - from 7-9pm on Friday, November 14.