The Jolly Boys Outing

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I grew up with Only Fools and Horses , every Christmas the highlight would be the special on TV showing del boy and rodney s latest antics.

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So when I heard there was to be an exhibition down Margate featuring props and costumes from the show on just had to go ! Especially when it turned out that for the opening weekend Boycie and Marlene would be there to sign autographs and have pictures taken! Cushty…..

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So off we traisped dahn Margit as the Londoners would say to Dreamland where the 1989 Christmas Special was filmed and the host of the exhibition.

As we preordered our tickets , it was only £4.95 per person and photos with Boycie and Marlene started from £10.00 with autographs free of charge.

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Now, this is where the queues were – 2 hrs spent waiting but two hours well spent . John and Sue were absolutely lovely and so natural. Sue was dressed in Marlene s trademark leopard print even her knee high boots and John was suited and booted like Boycie as they sat in a replica of the trotters front room. It was an amazing experience.

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The exhibition itself you could do in an easy half hour , it’s so compact. But that’s not to say it isn’t a treasure chest of goodies.

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Costumes, props and del boys bedroom recreated complete with leopard print blanket, a packet of jaffa cakes and a copy of Modern Men sit atop the bed with its massive bright pink headboard with radio cassette players installed in the headboard.

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Signs from the show, scripts, del s jewellery and triggers medal – in fact the only thing missing was the blow up dolls !

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Each piece brought back memories of specific episodes and I couldn’t stop grinning as I moved from piece to piece.

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In fact, I suddenly felt a bit sad as I thought of all the great characters no longer with us – Trigger, Mike and Denzil

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That’s the thing with Only Fools , it’s like we ve known these people all our lives , we ve grown up with them and they are a part of our lives where we hold them in great esteem and affection. They’re practically a British institution as natural as a cup of tea in our culture.

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So to be able to be so close to these items, to meet characters and chat, to recreate the infamous chandelier scene was an amazing experience.

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The only dissapointment was that the van , although there, was surrounded by costumes therefore it was unable to see a clear view of it let alone get close enough to take a photo.

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Last but not least , I’ve got to mention the gift shop – I love a gift shop- and this didn’t disapoint! An immense amount of leopard print assaults your senses as masks of Boycie gurn at you , the opportunity to buy dels filofax or flat cap awaits . Or how about a savings tin for this time next year we ll be millionaires?

Personally me and dad settled for fridge magnets – him Del , me Rodney and I had to get a specially designed Jolly Boys Outing plastic bag for 5p ( the only time I will enthusiastically pay for a plastic bag ) .

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So there you have it, a fantastic day out and a wonderful exhibition of memorabilia from a much loved show.

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If your are near the area , I’d definitely recommend paying a visit as the exhibition runs until the 3rd June.
So , what are you waiting for ?
You know it makes sense 😉

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