Customers browsing at Le Strange Old Barns antiques, arts and craft centre in Golf Course Road, Old Hunstanton, last week were surprised to see not one but two celebrities there when musician Rick Wakeman and Dad’s Army star Ian Lavender (Private Pike) arrived to film for the BBC television show Antiques Road Trip. They were accompanied by presenters David Harper and Raj Bisram. As well as choosing antiques, while they were there Rick and Ian had a look round the barns and chatted to craftsman Gary Buckby who was hard at work on the potter’s wheel. The scenes filmed at Le Strange Old Barns are expected to be broadcast in 2017. Pictured from the left, Le Strange Old Barns antique dealer Patrick Brennan, Rick Wakeman and Ian Lavender.
A final total has now been collected from the quiz, which took part at the end of term, and students Jade Owen (18) from Downham Market and Rebecca Smith-Ames, 20, from Lynn, both catering students at the College of West Anglia, raised £287 for the cancer support charity. Nicola Clark, West Norfolk and West Suffolk Fundraising Manager for Macmillan, paid the girls a visit to thank them for their efforts. Rebecca Smith-Ames said: “Macmillan were a big help to my grandmother when she was diagnosed with bone cancer, and this is my way of giving back and saying thank you to the charity.” Jade Owen added: “Macmillan was just an obvious first choice for us when it came to picking a charity to support; they help so many people that we knew the public would get behind our fundraising event.”