NORTHWICH has taken the limelight on national television for the second time in a week.

After Arley Hall was used to film the first episode of the new Peaky Blinders series, Lion Salt Works featured in an episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip on Tuesday, November 14, on BBC Two.

The programme, which was filmed in May, featured antiques expert Maggie Cooper and actor Michael Starke, who played Sinbad in Brookside.

During the show, the pair are filmed making salt in an open pan at Lion Salt Works, which is recognised as a scheduled ancient monument for being one of the last open-pan salt-making sites in the world – a protection status shared with Stonehenge.

Cllr Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, said: “We are thrilled that Celebrity Antiques Road Trip came to the Lion Salt Works and produced this excellent piece on the museum.

“It is great to be able to showcase what we have to offer in this slightly different context.

“We very much hope Celebrity Antiques Road Trip viewers who are not familiar with the museum will feel enthused to come along and check out the museum personally.”

Katherine West, CWAC museum and arts manager, was also interviewed on the programme about Lion Salt Works.

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip sees two celebrities compete against each other, with each using a £200 budget to buy antiques and collectibles, before selling them on at auction.

The show is produced for the BBC by STV Productions, and more than two million viewers tune in.

John Redshaw, series producer for STV Productions, added: “We really enjoyed visiting the Lion Salt Works Museum and were fascinated by how the museum brought salt and its impact on the people, landscape and industry to life.”

The episode will be on BBC iPlayer until Wednesday, December 13, and is expected to be repeated on television next year.