Tributes have been paid to antiques expert and TV presenter David Barby, who has died following a short illness.
The 69-year-old, from Rugby, was familiar to
viewers as a stalwart of Antiques Road Trip, Bargain
Hunt and Flog It!, making hundreds of appearances
over 12 years.
Nick Hall, of Frank Marshall in Knutsford,
Cheshire, said: "I was very sad to hear of the passing of David
Barby, not only a great wealth of knowledge and ambassador for our
trade but a lovely gentle man.
"I have spent many an hour chatting with
David over a good meal and a glass or two while away filming
Bargain Hunt and Flog It! and, like all the other
experts that have spent time with him, found his company always a
great pleasure. In fact, I did my first Bargain Hunt with
David and he made the whole nerve-racking experience a pleasant
joy. A tragic loss."
Auctioneer Charles Hanson told the BBC he
was a "great friend" and said "no other expert... could rival his
great human touch".
"He built up the great passion the public
had for these programmes," he added. "More importantly, he was a
man of the people. Anybody could speak to him and he had time for
so many members of the public to share their stories, memories,
nostalgia and passion for old things."