BBC1 Bargain Hunt tribute show to antiques expert David Barby enjoyed by hundreds and thousands of fans

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HUNDREDS of thousands of people tuned in to see a special tribute show to Rugby antiques expert David Barby this week.

The Bargain Hunt episode from Builth Wells broadcast on BBC1 on Monday lunchtime - celebrating David Barby’s television work.

At the start of the programme, Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott said: “Today’s programme is a very special one, full of mixed emotions, of course, and tinged with much sadness. It celebrates the life of David Barby and his ten-year association with Bargain Hunt. By jingo are we going to miss his wicked sense of fun and great expertise. This is one of the final programmes he made with us.”

The items bought were auctioned by great friend and fellow expert Philip Serrell, who paid tribute to David at his thanksgiving service at St Andrew’s Parish Church in Rugby last month.

It wasn’t one of his most successful outings as none of the items David’s ‘Blue’ team bought made a profit!

The programme concluded with a special sequence of classic clips from the past ten years, set to the song ‘These Foolish Things Remind Me of You’, showing David at his best.

David was a mainstay of Bargain Hunt for more than ten years and was one of the most popular presenters on daytime TV.

He was also regularly seen on antiques show Flog It!

David, who lived with wife Janet in Hillmorton, died on July 25 aged 69 after suffering a brain haemorrhage on July 12.

His Antiques Road Trip with Margie Cooper is being shown every day this week at 5.15pm on BBC 2, concluding tomorrow (Friday).