Queen memorabilia and a Victorian travel desk presented to a military surveyor by Lord Kitchener, are set to go under the hammer in a south Cumbrian auction house.

83 lots of Queen merchandise will be available for keen bidders at 1818 Auctioneers, near Milnthorpe, alongside the historic travel desk.

The vendor of the Queen items, who wishes to remain anonymous, says it was his eight-year-old daughter that turned the rest of the family into life-long fans.

On a holiday to Scotland each family member brought their favourite cassette to play in the car and it was a Queen compilation that won everyone over.

Since the late 1970s the family attended concerts, and bought everything from seven-inch singles to box sets. They also collected Queen memorabilia ranging from postage stamps to models of the band and t-shirts.

The family hope it will be enjoyed once more by new admirers of one of Britain’s most well-known and well-loved rock bands.

Valuer Simon Norfolk says there’s something to suit all budgets, with estimates ranging from £10 to up to £600.

Bids will be taken between November 5 to November 24.

Meanwhile the 41cm wide by 20 cm high and 26cm deep wooden desk, with hinged lid, which is accompanied by a large quantity of ephemera charting the career and life of Sergeant Major Angus Sutherland of the Royal Engineers could make up to £2,500 at auction.

It is being offered for sale by his great granddaughter,who lives in Kendal, as part of the auctioneers online sale from November 12 to November 29.

Valuer Ken Payne said: “The desk and its contents are an incredible time capsule of one man’s life. It’s a great insight into the career of a military surveyor who was well thought of and good at his job. We expect it will attract lots of attention and I estimate it will make between £1500 and £2500.”

For more information visit www.1818auctioneers.co.uk/ or call 105395 66201.