Celebrity TV chef James Martin stars at BIC’s Life Begins 50+ show

Celebrity TV chef James Martin stars at BIC’s Life Begins 50+ show

TV chef James Martin giving a demonstration at the Life Begins 50+ show

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Revellers enjoy the show

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HUNDREDS of people came along to the Echo-backed Life Begins 50+ exhibition at the BIC yesterday.

Star of the show celebrity TV chef James Martin gave cooking demonstrations throughout the day and met with fans.

Caroline Lowe, who has terminal cancer, said meeting her favourite TV chef was a dream come true. She said: “I have secondary breast cancer and made a bucket list last year. I was quite realistic with it and wanted to include things I could achieve and one of things I wanted to do was to meet the celebrities I watch on TV. James Martin was on there. I watch him every Saturday.”

Mrs Lowe and her daughter Rebbeca, who is a third year business and marketing student at Bournemouth University, had a private meeting with the Hampshire-based chef following one of his demonstrations.

“He’s fantastic,” Mrs Lowe said.

The top chef said he was delighted to be back in Bournemouth and had enjoyed meeting with fans.

He said: “I used to come here a lot when I was 18, 19 and 20. A lot has changed but the sea is still cold.

Throughout the day visitors had the chance to try out a simulator surf board, take part in dance classes and watch fashion shows.

Anita Nippard, who turned 50 last month, said she had a great time. She said: “I didn’t think I’d be doing the Cha Cha Cha at 10.30 on a Sunday morning. If I had known I would have worn something more sparkly.”

The mother of two added: “There’s lots to do. It’s been really good fun.”

Sue Wheatley, aged 71, said: “The main attraction for me was seeing James Martin.

“My family bought me tickets as a Christmas present. It’s been lovely.”

Borough of Poole councillor Claire Evans said she was delighted to see so many people there and added: “I’ve just been on the surf simulator.

“It was great fun.”

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11:28am Mon 24 Mar 14

bsjc1234 says...

I went and really enjoyed it, I eve got to speak with the echo team, great to see they backed the show. How did they get the bus in that was really good, is this happening again next year? echo can you find out?
I went and really enjoyed it, I eve got to speak with the echo team, great to see they backed the show. How did they get the bus in that was really good, is this happening again next year? echo can you find out? bsjc1234
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2:31pm Mon 24 Mar 14

John T says...

I have never heard of Borough of Poole Councillor Claire Evans, but whoever she is, I hope the fun she had on the surf simulator does not stimulate her in to having any thoughts of bringing a Surf Reef to Poole....that would be a Bridge Too Far!
I have never heard of Borough of Poole Councillor Claire Evans, but whoever she is, I hope the fun she had on the surf simulator does not stimulate her in to having any thoughts of bringing a Surf Reef to Poole....that would be a Bridge Too Far! John T
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10:54pm Mon 24 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

bsjc1234 says...
How did they get the bus in that was really good,

Through the back doors.
bsjc1234 says... How did they get the bus in that was really good, Through the back doors. BIGTONE
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11:16pm Mon 24 Mar 14

guisselle says...

James Martin is the new crumpet but which side is he buttered?
James Martin is the new crumpet but which side is he buttered? guisselle
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11:27pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Ridiculous2 says...

Unfortunately I was not at all inspired by this event. Apart from James Martin and the other demonstrations in the food area it was really just about the depressing side of turning 50! There wasn't even any proper provision to have a bite to eat. Just the usual BIC over priced prepared sandwiches, tea and coffee. Waste of money but it was so bad it was funny really!!
Unfortunately I was not at all inspired by this event. Apart from James Martin and the other demonstrations in the food area it was really just about the depressing side of turning 50! There wasn't even any proper provision to have a bite to eat. Just the usual BIC over priced prepared sandwiches, tea and coffee. Waste of money but it was so bad it was funny really!! Ridiculous2
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