Jeremy Clarkson on ‘good form’ at Chipping Norton Lido fundraising auction

Jeremy Clarkson before the Auction of Promises at Chippy Lido on Friday. Picture by Jenny Aston Photography NNL-150413-111752001
Jeremy Clarkson before the Auction of Promises at Chippy Lido on Friday. Picture by Jenny Aston Photography NNL-150413-111752001

Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was on fine form at an auction in aid of Chipping Norton Lido which raised £15,000.

This is the tenth year Mr Clarkson, who is a Chipping Norton resident, has been the guest auctioneer.

Lido trustee Claire Jarvis said the auction, which was held on Friday, was ‘brilliant’.

“We are delighted and the proceeds exceeded our expectations,” she said. “It was a great night. Our auctioneer was on good form and very relaxed, very jovial, very witty at his own expense.

“It ensures the pool can open confidently for the season this year and will make all the difference.

“We are really appreciative of him. He came back from his holiday to do this for us and to keep his commitment. This was his first public appearance since the events of last month.”

Lots on the night included use of a Mazda car of the winner’s choice for six months with insurance paid, three nights’ stay at the Hell Bay Hotel at Bryher in the Isles of Scilly, a signed T-shirt from Top Gear and a Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team cap signed by Nico Rosberg.

The lido will be opening its doors for the new season on April 23. See Ken Norman’s (@normanken) YouTube video from the auction.