It was a Sunday to remember as hundreds gathered in Morden Hall Park for a chance to strike it rich with Antiques Roadshow.

The long-running tv show announced earlier this year that it would be filming an episode in town and that June 2 was the day of action.

And what a day it was. With the sun shining down, people flocked to their attics and garages before testing their fortune with Fiona Bruce and the rest of the team.

Richard Johnson was one of those who fancied a stroll down to the park, and agreed that you couldn't have asked for a better day.

"I arrived early, half an hour before the 9.30am start, expecting to be one of the first arrivals, Only to find myself at the back of an already long, winding queue that had apparently been building since 6am," he said.

"I discovered from those queuing around me that the catchment area was huge. Though located in south west London, there were people from north and east London, and far beyond.

"Nearby, there were a couple of New Zealanders and two Canadians, who were ticking 'Antiques Roadshow' off on their UK 'bucket list'."

While the views were ideal and the company aplenty, the hours of queuing no doubt took a toll.

This would have been the case for at least one man, for whom the build-up far outweighed the final result.

"I went along to observe and spotted this guy waiting patiently with his 'Canaletto', which was clearly a print," Ruth Herring said.

"He was next in line, so I was intrigued as to what the expert would have to say about this fella's piece of treasure.

"Yep, after what would have been a three hour wait in the heat was all over in 30 seconds.

"The look of amusement on the expert's face was in stark contrast to the look of devastation on this man's face.

"I was gutted for him that he wasn't in possession of a newly discovered piece worth £35m."

Mr Johnson added that even though his own antique endeavours didn't pay off, it was a day worth remembering nonetheless.

"The experts possess a fascinating depth of knowledge, presented with warmth, good humour and enthusiasm," he added.

"Seeing presenter Fiona Bruce filming along the queue, between scenes, I asked, and she kindly agreed, for me to grab a quick photo of her next to some of Morden Hall Park's impressive roses.

"At the 'pictures and prints' stand, I showed a couple of quite small, but highly detailed Victorian portraits to paintings expert, Philip Mould.

"He explained that they are in fact, over-painted photographs.

"That in the days of black and white photography, a skilled painter could convert a photographic image into a highly detailed, colour portrait. They were valued at £200 for the pair, so I'll have to keep looking for that long lost Rembrandt or Renoir."