Worthing enjoys a little taste of Peckham

Jacob White, left, with Only Fools and Horses lookalikes and fan of the show Chris Hill in a mock-up of the famous flat at the show's convention i Worthing (October 2015) WUzgLlOmDct_QKjX8vLX
Jacob White, left, with Only Fools and Horses lookalikes and fan of the show Chris Hill in a mock-up of the famous flat at the show's convention i Worthing (October 2015) WUzgLlOmDct_QKjX8vLX

ONLY Fools and Horses fans flocked en masse to Worthing Leisure Centre on Sunday (1 November) for the television show’s 18th annual convention.

There were lookalikes aplenty as fans gathered to celebrate the popular cockney sitcom which was broadcast on the BBC between 1981 and 1991.

Also present was a replica Reliant Regal – the three-wheeled yellow van driven by the show’s characters Del Boy and Rodney.

The convention was a busy affair with 1,000 ticket-holders.

Fans, keen for a taste of Peckham, were left undeterred by lengthy queues – some even waiting for over six hours to meet their favourite actors and actresses from the show, who were able to sign autographs.

Among the actors and actresses who turned out were John Challis, who played Boycie, and Sue Holderness, who played Marlene in the show.

Miss Holderness said: “The convention is a special event. It is the day when we get to meet the fans of the show, without whom we would never have had this extraordinary success.

“It is always touching to hear how much the programme means to people – it is always a great day.”

A full recreation of the Trotters’ flat was also assembled in the convention hall, and fans were able to pose alongside lookalikes and emulate some of their favourite scenes.

Fans were offered the opportunity to see rare memorabilia from the programme up close, including shirts and costumes worn by Del Boy. Merchandise was also available for purchase.

Tickets were sold in record time and those who might like to attend in the future are encouraged to snap up their tickets early in order to avoid disappointment.