Car boot trader tries to sell a COFFIN at Fenland sale

SOME weird and wonderful items are always available at car boot sales - but none more unusual than this coffin on offer at a Fenland sale.

Some thought the white coffin for sale at the Skylark Showground, near Wimblington, was inappropriate and distasteful. Others, meanwhile, saw a humorous side to the trader’s attempt to sell it.

Our photographer Brian Purdy visited the car boot on Sunday and saw the coffin for sale.

He said: “It was for sale alongside a three-piece suite, some kitchen sinks and general bric-a-brac. There was a little note on it which said it was made by some students for a project.

“Many were against it being for sale. I heard a couple say it should never have been allowed. But there were some who didn’t mind.”

The weekly car boot is operated by husband and wife Paul and Mandy Salter, of Wimblington.

Mr Salter said: “I started running car boots in December 1984 and have worked at many places including the East of England Showground, the Norfolk Showground and Brooklands race circuit – and in all these years I’ve never seen anything like it.

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“Mandy saw the coffin and spoke to a few people about it. Some people didn’t like it, they felt it was a bit creepy, but others thought it was funny.

“But the general reaction was one of surprise.”

It is believed that the coffin did not sell.

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