Sellers flocked to the penultimate car boot sale last Sunday and by 6:15am the car park was full.

The popularity of the Calis Carnival Car Boot Sale seems to grow every month and the sale last Sunday was no exception.

A combination of the lighter spring mornings, demand for pitches and possibly the planned power cut on Sunday meant sellers turned up before 5am to set out their stalls of second hand goods, bric-a-brac and food.

By 6:15 the car park was full and ‘late’ arrivals moved to the surrounding pavements and the sea front.

But for the late arrivals all of the 225 tables supplied had been used taken forcing them to lay out their goods on the ground.

Peter Clark Chair of the Carnival Committee said:

“Normally I get down to the site around 6am. But this morning I received a phone call at 4:50am from one of our regular sellers saying I needed to get down to the car park as soon as possible as it was filling up fast”.

“When I arrived the car park was almost full and sellers were jostling for their perfect pitch.”

“I and the team of brilliant helpers eventually sorted out the sellers but it was a shock to the system to have to do this so early in the morning.”

He continued:

“Despite the early start the demand for this event is great for the Carnival and the local community. It’s a big fund raiser for the carnival charities and it also enables Turkish people [The sellers are 98% Turkish now] to raise some income and the buyers to pick up a bargain goods.”

The next Calis Carnival Car Boot Sale will take place on Sunday 18 April weather permitting. This will be the final sale of the 2009/10 season but sales will resume in the autumn.

So if you plan to set up a stall at the next sale make sure you arrive very, very early to secure a prime pitch.