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Thrifty TV presenter Christine Lampard loves a bargain buy

By Ali Gordon

Christine Lampard has revealed that B&M Bargains in east Belfast’s Connswater complex is her favourite place to shop.

The 38-year-old from Newtownards, who is based in London, tries to come back to Northern Ireland at least once a month to see her family and friends.

“B&M Bargains is the best shop on the face of this planet — it’s fabulous,” Christine told Sunday Life.

“You can go in and get toys, Halloween things, Christmas decorations, garden furniture, batteries, toothpaste, anything you could possibly want.

“I never go back to London without a trip to B&M, it’s brilliant.”

The former Bloomfield Collegiate pupil lives in west London’s plush Kensington area with her husband and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

The couple married in December 2015 at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge before a star-studded reception at The Arts Club.

Guests included Frank’s cousin and football pundit Jamie Redknapp, his former Chelsea team-mate John Terry,  presenters Piers Morgan, Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby and hosts Ant and Dec.

But while life in London can be glamorous at times, Christine says she’s always looking for value for money.

“There are people on the Fulham Road (close to where she lives) who will probably never go into B&M or Poundland in their lives,” said Christine, who has even taken Frank to Poundland in Ards Shopping Centre.

“If bleach is a pound there, but £4 in Sainsbury’s, why would you go anywhere but the likes of Poundland? It’s the same brand.”

Christine was able to spend extra time in Northern Ireland this year while filming new BBC One show Christine and Adrian’s Friendship Test, which airs tonight.

In the three-part series, Christine shows co-host Adrian Chiles the different types of friendships that exist across the province.

It is the first time the former The One Show hosts have presented together since 2011.

“Coming back to work in Northern Ireland is such an easy transition for me,” said Christine.

“It’s like I’ve never left — it’s like the old days when I worked in the BBC.

“I love it and would love to do more, so it was great for me to be able to show Adrian more of Northern Ireland.”

÷ Christine and Adrian’s Friendship Test is on BBC One at 7.30pm on November 6

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