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Recycling guru joins line-up for Darlington Festival of Thrift
A RECYCLING TV superstar has put his seal of approval on the UK’s first Festival of Thrift – and he’s getting ready to tackle a wacky challenge.
Max McMurdo, who has appeared on Dragons’ Den and Kirstie Allsopp’s Fill Your House For Free, will be working his makeover magic at the two-day festival at Lingfield Point, in Darlington, next month.
Mr McMurdo, who shot to fame after his business Reestore won investment from Dragons Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis, will be building a vintage-style beach hut caravan.
He will create it out of an old trailer, pallets and other junk together with his team of experts - and inspire festival-goers to follow suit.
The festival, on September 21 and 22, is being curated by design legends Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway.
Mr McMurdo said: “When I heard about the Festival of Thrift, I knew I just had to go. It’s such a great concept - and I’m really excited by thrift.
“Make do and mend is a huge trend right now, and as people wake up to the idea of sustainability, everyone wants to be a part of it.
“I’ve never created a caravan before, so it’s going to be an exciting challenge for me and the team.”
The old trailer will be transformed into ‘glamour on wheels’ over the two-day event. Mr McMurdo and his team will show festival-goers how to create the exterior and interior through cleverly reusing pieces that would otherwise be thrown away.
Reestore upcycles everyday waste objects into accessories and home furnishings.
Mr Hemingway said: “There’s a huge TV audience for upcycling shows, and Max is a well-known face among people with an appetite for making something beautiful for their home.
“He’s a great addition to the line-up, which is already impressive.”
John Orchard, a director for Lingfield Point owners Marchday, said: “It’s great news to have Max on board at the festival.
“He’s making a real name for himself nationally as a champion of recycling, and visitors will enjoy seeing a famous face from TV working a major makeover in front of their very eyes.”
For more information, visit festivalofthrift.co.uk or tweet @thriftfest
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