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Antiques Roadshow Tharp returns to open Danish church’s summer bazaar

The fundraiser at the Danish Church of St Katharine gave visitors the chance to experience all the joys of “hygge”

19 May, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Flemming Kloster Poulsen, Elin Stone and Lars Tharp

A FAMILIAR face helped ignite “a genuine hygge” on Saturday when the Danish Church of Saint Katharine in Regent’s Park held its much-loved summer bazaar.

Antiques Roadshow expert Lars Tharp joined hundreds of keen bargain hunters as he returned to open the event for a third time. The afternoon celebrated all things Danish with plenty of smørrebrød, a type of open sandwich, to go around, and a pølsevogn, a wagon selling Danish-style hot dogs and sausages.

With a wealth of stalls and fun games, singing, and even a violin performance courtesy of the new rector, Flemming Kloster Poulsen, the fundraiser gave visitors the chance to experience all the joys of “hygge”, a Danish word used to describe coziness and togetherness.

Organised by Danish Women in England, the bazaar has become a popular event in the summer calendar, and three years ago was opened by Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, the youngest daughter of King Frederick IX of Denmark and Queen Ingrid.

Joining Elin Stone, president of Danish Women in England, at the opening, Mr Tharp joked: “I’m hugely honoured and thrilled to be asked to open this bazaar. I have been described as England’s second most famous Dane, they couldn’t afford the first one – I’m not telling you who she is. Buy everything you can possibly buy in aid of this lovely church,” he added.

“I want to say a huge thank you to Elin and all of the helpers who have put this wonderful event together yet again.”

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