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Rare antiques collection destroyed in lightning strike fire

A lightning strike caused the fire in Walducks Close, Stewkley, June 2014

A lightning strike caused the fire in Walducks Close, Stewkley, June 2014

A couple have said they will carry on collecting despite the majority of their antiques being destroyed after a lightning bolt struck their home.

Enid and Bruce Moulder’s priceless two and a half thousand piece collection of antique children’s porcelain tea services,was left in ruins after the strike started a fire at their home in Stewkley.

The blaze caused tens of thousands of pounds damage and even though firefighters saved some of the valuables much of the collection was destroyed.

Mrs Moulder said: “Although the firemen did manage to save some boxes we will have to sort through and see what pieces are worth keeping.

“We have probably lost about three quarters of the collection and because the pieces are so rare they are irreplaceable.”

Enid and Bruce started their collection, valued at more than £35,000, in 1975.

She said: “It is something that we love doing together. I never imagined when we first started it would end up this big but it is one of those things that becomes like an addiction.”

 

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