A triffic display, Rodders

CELIA WIGG Lovely jubbly, Rodders! Come and have a butcher's at this lot. Del Boy would be tickled pink with the new Only Fools and Horses Museum that has brought authentic memorabilia from the one of the country's favourite comedy shows to the heart of rural Norfolk.

CELIA WIGG

Lovely jubbly, Rodders! Come and have a butcher's at this lot.

Del Boy would be tickled pink with the new Only Fools and Horses Museum that has brought authentic memorabilia from the one of the country's favourite comedy shows to the heart of rural Norfolk.

Actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who played gormless road sweeper Trigger in the hugely popular BBC TV series, will officially launch the new tourist attraction at Bressingham Steam Museum, near Diss, on Sunday, July 23.

But visitors were yesterday enjoying a preview - eagerly taking photos of Del and Rodney's famous yellow Trotter trading van, and a full-size re-creation of the living room in the family's flat at their fictional home - Nelson Mandela House in Peckham.

Located next to Bressingham's Dad's Army collection, the new display includes a yellow double- decker bus that the Trotter brothers used in one episode to try to raise cash by running ethnic tours of Peckham.

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Like the majority of their money-making schemes, it was doomed to failure - leaving the audience hooting with laughter.

The memorabilia have been collected over the years by the programme's number one fan, Perry Aghajanoff, who lives in Basildon.

He runs a website devoted to the series and has teamed up with Ian Knowles of Screenmachines to tour the country with his exhibits.

He said: "I have been running the website and fan club for 13 years and I thought, 'What would be better than to have a permanent museum for my collection?' The interest we have had is already really good, and when Roger Lloyd Pack comes down, he will really make the show.

"I have spoken to the rest of the cast and they think it's a great idea, and we hope it is really going to take off."

The Reliant Regal van is one of 11 used in the series, and Mr Aghajanoff owns four of the vehicles.

He added: "There's lots more stuff I'm bringing down. I've got the hang glider Rodney used, loads more costumes and the actual watch

when the Trotters became millionaires."

During the grand opening, which runs from 10am to 4pm, visitors will be able to meet "Trigger" and recall their favourite moment from the series, as well as having their photo taken with him in the flat.

Among the nostalgic pieces are Del Boy's cell phone, Rodney's gladiator helmet, costumes that David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and the late Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) wore in the series, and bottles of Peckham Spring Water - recalling another get-rich-quick scam that backfired.

Museum manager Howard Stephens said: "When people walk by and see the flat, they recognise it instantly. They start to look at the set and take in much more detail than you ever could when watching the programme on TV.

"We hope people are really going to enjoy meeting Roger Lloyd Pack. Our aim is to get Marlene and Boycie (John Challis and Sue Holderness) to come down at some stage, and it would be a real coup to get Sir David Jason, but I suspect he's too busy!"