Letchworth stars in BBC's Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
PUBLISHED: 17:04 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 18 December 2017
Letchworth was in the spotlight last night as an episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip which features the garden city was aired.
Jenny Jones at the Green House Market welcomed TV crews, cameras and familiar faces to her store in June this year after she was approached by the BBC show.
She told the Comet: “Much to my surprise, I was phoned by the BBC out of the blue one day to ask if they could film at the Green House Market the following week.
“I was delighted that they had found us and wanted us to be on the programme, which is one of my favourite programmes. I wasn’t told who would be coming and it was a complete surprise when Diane and Paul arrived!”
The show featured Diane Louise Jordan – a former Blue Peter presenter – and Paul Laidlaw – TV presenter and antiques expert – were competing against Valerie Singleton and Phil Serrell to find the most profitable antiques.
The antiques programme aired on BBC Two yesterday evening, featuring Letchworth’s very own Jenny for much of the show.
“As we are restorers and upcyclers as well as a retail premises, we had to work flat out prior to the visit to make sure the building was looking at its best,” said Jenny.
“I love our quirky, unique building which was offered to me and supported by Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation in 2012. They wanted something different to what was on offer at that time, and they accepted my ideas to develop a new concept in Letchworth town centre – a mini Camden Market.
“The celebrities spent four hours with us and we had an extremely enjoyable time, made all the better because we all got on like a house on fire and our afternoon was filled with lots of hugs, laughter and humour.
“There were many lovely memorable moments I will treasure and forever. Diane has since returned to purchase a chair and I really value the fact she wanted the programme to reflect the Green House’s uniqueness.”
To find out how they got on, you can watch the show on BBC iPlayer at bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/celebrity-antiques-road-trip-series-7-episode-18.