Diss Methodist minister Brian Trudgian must have hoped for a little divine intervention when he competed in television’s Bargain Hunt antiques programme.
Filmed at an Antiques and Collectors Fair at Norfolk Showground last July and at TW Gaze’s auction rooms in Diss last August, the episode will air next Friday at 12.15pm.
The BBC show, presented by Tim Wonnacott, involves two teams competing against each other, each aided by an antiques expert, to hunt out and buy bargains to sell hopefully at profit at auction.
Rev Trudgian, of Walcot Rise, teamed up with fellow cleric Rev Steve Oliver from Thetford Methodist Church to search for suitable antiques. They were advised by expert Jonathan Pratt.
Each team got £300 to spend and Rev Trudgian said: “I was on the hunt for a sampler of Victorian needlework and found quite a large one from the 1840s. My colleague and I had a plan to not spend more than £100 on anyone item, but I rather lost my head and paid quite a lot.”
The pair also bought an antique board game and a walking stick. While it must have been tempting to say a little prayer, on the day the price fetched was down to the skill of Gaze’s auctioneer and Diss Express columnist Elizabeth Talbot on the rostrum and keen bidders in the room.
To find out whether the two clerics made a profit, tune in next Friday.