TV antiques expert David Harper puts his money where his mouth is in bid to raise cash for charity (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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TV antiques expert David Harper puts his money where his mouth is in bid to raise cash for charity
ANTIQUES expert David Harper is putting his money where his mouth is in an effort to raise cash for charity.
The popular TV personality, is hoping his expert wheeling and dealing skills will boost the coffers of Cash for Kids.
He is currently filming for a new week-long run of the BBC's Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is alongside fellow expert Mark Stacey.
For this programme, antiques experts use their own money to buy a range of items which they then attempt to sell at a profit to their clients.
And in an effort to close one deal, Mr Harper took to the meadow roof of the Cross Lanes Organic Farm, near Barnard Castle, to negotiate with owner Peter Coverdale.
“The idea of this show is you go off round and about buying goods, then bring them home and sell them any which way you can,” said Mr Harper.
“It shows you selling to people you know, meeting your own contacts and the people you deal with.”
He added: “I have done all the buying – which has even taken me across to Belgium – and now this is the hard part.
“I have got about 30 objects which I will be trying to sell and I am trying to keep it as local as possible.
“Any money I make will go to Cash for Kids.”
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, which is due for broadcast by the end of the year, concludes a busy schedule of filming which has included new programmes for Bargain Hunt and The Antiques Road Trip.
“We did four celebrity road trips with the likes of Jodie Kidd, James Martin and actresses Anne Reid and Thelma Barlow,” said Mr Harper.
“I have also just finished a Bargain Hunt special for Children in Need with some of the Strictly Come Dancing performers.”
He said he was now looking forward to a winter break from his TV work and a chance to concentrate on his business, which is based on The Bank, Barnard Castle.
“I have got some Bargain Hunt filming booked, but apart from that I have got a rest from the television for most of the winter.
“I am so busy with my business and I have got lots of plans for it so this will give me time to put them in place.”
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