AN opportunity to have your collectables valued free of charge is being offered to Thurrock residents.

Auctioneers Warwick and Warwick is visiting the area to give valuations and advise on selling.

The company have experts in coins and banknotes, stamps, medals and militaria, postcards and cigarette cards and die cast toys and models and model railways.

It will hold a valuation day at the Park Inn Radison, in High Road, North Stifford, on Wednesday, February 13, from 9am to 2pm.

A company spokesman said: "Many people do not realise that they have possessions of value, especially postcard collections, where the black and white real photographic views, such as that illustrated can fetch from £5 to £50 pounds each, especially if there is a close up an early omnibus or a traction engine.

"Coin collections are also fetching high prices at present, especially those made of gold, the value of which has rocketed in recent months."

Home visits are also possible if the collection is particularly large. Ring Warwick and Warwick on 01926 499031.