Whoever said being on TV was glamorous? Not at 6.15 on a cold and grey Sunday morning it’s not. Dorking Station Car Park is the less than exotic location for the next chapter in the Surrey Harmony Car Booty experience.
The camera crew are already waiting to film tables being erected and boots being emptied. There’s barely time to unload before our tables are swamped and the bargaining begins, all under the scrutiny of the camera lens. Judith’s experience of wheeling and dealing on Ebay means she’s no soft touch for the dealers. Jenny’s turning blue with cold and it’s still only 8.30. Thank goodness tea and biscuits arrive.
Jean and Veronica are rigged up with microphones again for filming sequences but look slightly alarmed when it begins to rain – they are afraid of being electrocuted!
One of our star items is a gold charm bracelet. It’s been valued at between £120 and £150. A dealer with a magnifier inspects it closely. After some hard bargaining a price of £120 is agreed – result!
Meanwhile Barbara Porter is visiting experts to discuss the medical instruments and also the Chinese plates. Meanwhile Barbara Porter is visiting experts to discuss the medical instruments and also the Chinese plates.
Michael Cohen specialises in Chinese porcelain and holds the world record sale price for a piece of Chinese export – £2.1 million for a pair of porcelain leopards.
He’s not offering quite so much for the plates which belonged to Lead Christina Divall. But both sides agree a deal.
For all the Surrey Harmony members who got involved with Car Booty it been a great experience. Back at Dorking it’s been a very long, tiring and wet day as everyone packs up to go home.
At the end of it all we’ve raised £500 towards our new costume which will also been seen on the programme modelled by our Choreographer Kären Lainchbury who designed it.
For all the Surrey Harmony members who got involved with Car Booty it been a great experience.
Thanks to Lorne and Mark and the whole team for making it so interesting and such fun. We can’t wait to see the end result.
Watch this space for the transmission date!