Friday 29th October 2010
There was everything to pay for as the Mayor and Mayoress took part in a charity Bargain Hunt on Chesterfield's very own flea market on Thursday,
Divided into two teams with representatives from their office and their chosen charities, Fairplay and The Samaritans, they were sent with £100 to buy what they could from the stalls.
BBC Antiques expert Jonty Hearnden was on hand to then value the 'buys' and award a prize to the team who'd bought items that would add most to the original sum.
BBC's Jonty Hearnden with the winning team of Shirley Niblock (the Samaritans), Lady Mayoress Mrs Pat Morgan and the Mayor's Secretary Vivien Miller
A varied selection of goods was brought back to the table by both teams, gathered from the stallholders, including pottery, cigarette cards and Beatles records.
The Mayor's team had also purchased some rather ... 'arty nude pictures' which caused much hilarity amongst both teams and shoppers .
Jonty began to value the items in front of a large crowd in the Market Place. Praising the Market, he said there was "a fascinating range of goods available and what an asset it is to the town. I'm impressed", he said, "with what they'd bought, and an interesting exercise."
After examining the goods that both teams had picked seen below, (the Mayor's Fairplay team's selection on the left, the Mayoress's Samaritans selections on the right), he declared the Mayoress's team worthy winners - having picked the biggest range of goods which would have recouped and added to the original sum.
Buys of note from both sides, he said, were the Beatles records, and the brooch that had been bought from one of the jewellery stalls.
The Mayor and Mayoress will sell all items at a future date.
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