The Tawse for Fiona Bruce

If you missed ‘Antiques Roadshow’ on Sunday night we can certainly recommend you catch it on the BBC iPlayer this week. The team was at Scone Palace in Perthshire where a former teacher had brought along an original three-tailed Lochgelly tawse.

The implement in question had seen extensive service in the 1970s and was displayed with an order form detailing all the various sizes, weights and prices of different straps. It was quite a thrill to see how keen presenter Fiona Bruce was to handle the tawse. As a former winner of the ‘Rear of the Year’ here in the UK, I’m sure many of us have imagined the lovely Ms Bruce baring her bottom to receive the sting of just such an implement.

Hopefully the images below provide a nice record of Fiona’s encounter with the tawse.