A couple of years ago I was paired with Eric ‘Knocker’ Knowles for the BBC series Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
During the car boot challenge, which is normally a 6am start, we were both with individual camera crews filming the ‘piece-to-camera’ introductions outlining our buying strategy.
That’s when I spotted a couple of modern pictures on a stall. I could see Eric across the way looking in the same direction and managed to finish my pieces first and zoomed over.
They were a pair of limited edition acrylic reproductions on canvas, after designs by fashion designer Jeff Banks. The stallholder said they were £2, so without even a haggle I snapped them up. Bargain!
I sold the pictures to Karen Farthing, the owner of Emsworth’s 36 On The Quay restaurant for a tidy profit and eventually won the show.
Proving there were no hard feelings, Eric later asked if I would cover a charity auction for him at the posh Chelsea Hurlingham Club in aid of The Princes Trust.
As I made my way to the stage I decided to have a little fun with Jeff Banks to warm-up the audience. With roving microphone in hand, I made my way towards his table and asked out loud if, given his fashion expertise, he would mind scoring my suit out of 10.
He looked me up and down and shouted ‘four’, which got a few laughs.
‘Four?’ I replied. ‘This is one of your suits!’
I then opened the jacket and pointed to his very own designer label. The room erupted with laughter as he put his head in his hands.
He was a good sport and we later chatted about the pictures I had recently sold on the show and our similar backgrounds as barrow boys.
The charity auction raising more than £23,000 and I was later asked to join the trust as an ambassador.