Cromer couple on Bargain Hunt

BBC's popular Bargain Hunt programme will feature a Cromer couple next week, wheeling and dealing in Norfolk.

Bhaj and Shelley Sidhu went head to head with a couple from Suffolk in the daytime TV programme, which sees two teams given cash to buy three items which are then auctioned. The winning team is the one which makes the most profit.

Mr and Mrs Sidhu and their opponents both had a background in the antiques trade and were therefore given a budget of �600 per team - twice as much as the usual sum allocated to contestants.

The Sidhus, from Overstrand Road, are seen browsing for bargains at an antiques fair on the Norfolk Showground in the summer where they invested a little less than half their cash in a 14-legged Nigerian chieftain's stool, a Tiffany pewter tea pot, sugar bowl and milk jug, and a wooden sliding book holder.

Antiques expert James Buxton, who advised the Sidhus, used some of their surplus allowance to buy a Norwegian glass bowl and all the booty went under the hammer a month later at Gaze's auction rooms in Diss. Viewers can see how the couple and Mr Buxton fared against the opposing team when the programme is screened next Thursday, December 9, at 12.15pm.

'It was fun and enjoyable. They look after you very well,' said Malaysian-born Mr Sidhu, 72, a retired army officer who came to Britain in 1975.

He and his wife, 73, ran a bric-a-brac 'brocante' shop in south-west France from 1999-2001 and Mrs Sidhu's father used to be an antique dealer. The couple still enjoy buying items for their own pleasure and are regular visitors to Keys sale in Aylsham.