RARE footage of Robbie Williams and his fellow Take That members has been valued at thousands of pounds.

Physical education teacher Dave Reavely, 62, from Seaford was given the seven-minute film when he worked at Bourne Place School in Tonbridge, Kent, in 1990.

Dave, who retired in 1996, said that the staff didn’t quite know what to make of the band at the time when they visited.

He recalls: “On the day we were told that there was this band coming and that they were called Take That. It didn’t mean anything to us.

“We thought it was a strange name but I guess that was similar to how the Beatles grew – from nothing.”

The film of the then unknown band performing was left for years collecting dust in Dave’s store cupboard.

But now he has contacted a valuation expert and believes it could be worth up to £10,000.

Dave said: “Originally I was given the film and dumped it in my cupboard where I kept all my things.

“It was a member of staff at the school who recorded it.

“The band performed some break dancing and I can remember that they all mingled with the students and handed out presents.”

Mr Reavely says the band were touring the South Coast when they stopped by at the school.

Now he is grateful he contacted independent fine art and antiques valuation expert Vernon Ward, 65.

He said: “I was initially trying to sell some family silver when I went to Vernon but I suddenly remembered the tape. He was very helpful in terms of his expertise.

“He helped me to copyright the tape as well as doing all the research with absolutely no charge.”

Mr Ward has estimated the film could sell for anything between £7,000 and £10,000 and he will be donating his five per cent commission to The Argus Appeal, which is celebrating its 60th birthday this year.

Mr Reavely was shocked by the high value.

He said: “I was pleasantly surprised but I understand the high price is due to its unique nature.

“It’s great timing, especially with band member Gary Barlow’s new show Let It Shine having just been on prime ITV Saturday night viewing.”

Mr Ward is conducting a charity roadshow on Sunday, March 19 at Plumpton racecourse in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, which is based in North Chailey, near Lewes.

More details can be found at www.vernonwardantiquesevaluations.co.uk.