Hitchin Market stars in BBC TV Show (Warning: spoilers)

HITCHIN had a starring role in a BBC TV show aired yesterday (Tuesday).

BBC Two show Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is featured Hitchin’s Sunday market and carboot sale in a 45 minute episode.

The show puts top consumer experts to the test, as they’re pitted against each other and challenged to make a profit from goods that they buy.

In the Hitchin episode, Eric Knowles of Antiques Roadshow fame and John Cameron battled it out. John’s strategy was to “be bold”, whereas Eric wanted to dig out antiques.

Both are allowed to spend up to �250 of their own money. In the end, Eric spent �122 on seven items while John spent a fraction of his - �41.50 - on 12 items.

The latter emerged victorious in his strategy selling “tat”, making �290.50 profit to Eric’s �118.

John Haykin, one of the directors for Hitchin Markets, said: “They came down onto the Sunday market and car boot, and wandered around and made a few purchases. On the actual day, I was working, and didn’t get much opportunity to speak with them.”

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Both John and Eric are seen joking and bartering with traders on the show.

“They had a really good day,” added Mr Haykin.

“They loved the town, and had a good look around and had a nice time chatting to the traders.

“It was pretty successful, and I think we will be welcoming them back again soon.”

As well as shots of the market and carboot, St Mary’s Church was also featured on the show.