A new series for BBC 1 aims to bring neighbours together to enjoy a tea party based around a pop-up street auction.
Presenter Paul Martin, well known for his programme Flog It, and Danny Sebastian, pictured right, are hosting the event on Saturday 2 July, 1.30pm to 5pm, in Deerhurst Way, Toothill.
The unique element of the programme is that the proceeds of the afternoon will be donated to one deserving person from the community. Of course the worthy nominee won’t know that he or she has been selected for recognition until the end of the afternoon.
Paul and his production crew visited the area to knock on doors and ask for donations of unwanted and unloved items in late May. They also dropped into Little L’s Paint Your Own Pottery shop at Toothill centre and received a £20 voucher to be auctioned on the day. Carrie Dempsey said she was glad to help. “It was lovely to see Paul when he popped in to see what we do. He was so charming, I couldn’t say no when he told me that a special person from Toothill will benefit from the day’s fun.”
Leaflets had been distributed asking people to take items to Toothill Community Centre. Some will be sold on bric-a-brac tables and the more interesting items will be auctioned.
BBC researcher Amy Ford said: “There’s going to be a great street party atmosphere with stalls, and other fundraising initiatives which will all add to the total being raised. At the end of the afternoon, the grand total will be announced and also who the event has been in aid of.”
Amy is looking for people to help organise the afternoon, to bake cakes, bring items to sell on the day, or just come along for the fun. To offer help, mail: email@example.com