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Antique fans visited the Norfolk Showground to find that special item and mingled with Bargain Hunt tv show presenter Tim Wonnacott, pictured with old tennis rackets he bought, who was on site filming with the red and blue teams for the popular tv show. Photo by Simon Finlay
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Hordes of bargain hunters – both casual and competitive – perused the timeless trinkets at the Norfolk Antique and Collectors Fair this weekend.
The two-day event brought an estimated 5,000 people to the Norfolk Showground in Costessey on Saturday, as well as camera crews filming the popular BBC show Bargain Hunt, in which teams battled to find the most profitable ornaments, furniture and jewellery from among more than 400 exhibitors.
The programme has made several visits to the event in its 15-year history, and flamboyant presenter Tim Wonnacott said it had proved a fruitful hunting ground for the show’s competitors.
He said: “We have made over 800 of these programmes and an unnaturally large proportion of them have come from the East of England, because you have got such good fairs here, like this one in Norwich.
“The people have been delightful and seemed very happy to have us here. They are well aware that having the TV cameras here does good for the business and we always say that we are here at the showground in Norwich, and there are so many hundreds of stalls, and lots of opportunities for people to have a good day out or to try and buy something and, perhaps, make a profit.”
Steve Upson, of organisers Aztec Events, said: “It is one of the best shows we have had for a while. I will admit I think we’ve been very lucky with the weather. A lot of the outdoor exhibitors have had a hard time with the weather recently.
“The fact that Bargain Hunt has been here just attracts more interest. Tim is such a friendly guy and you can see all the people stopping to watch while he is filming.”