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NEC Golf Show growing in popularity
December 13, 2010

Birmingham's favourite son, Jasper Carrott, hailed the fourth annual NEC Golf Show and believes it is getting more popular year on year.

It was the third successive year that the 65-year-old comic had visited the show and he spent several hours taking in all the event had to offer before being interviewed on stage.

He said: "It seems to be growing in popularity. It's busier than last year and I think there are a few more stands.

"It's a good golf show - there's plenty of variation. There's a really nice atmosphere. That may have something to do with the bar being in the centre, so you can get a drink. That puts people into a jollier mood and they spend more money.

"Overall it's very good: it's friendly, busy - but not over-crowded - and with lots of gadgets. All golfers are gadget-mad. Anything to improve your golf,"he smiled.

Thousands of golf aficionados defied the snow to strip the shelves of the event's retailers, with a lucky few walking off with a combined £20,000-worth of golf prizes that were up for grabs on the interactive features., the show's official retail partner almost sold out on the first day of the three-day extravaganza and managing director Barry Young was forced to travel overnight to his Surrey headquarters to restock his shelves.

Claire Morris, 38, fought through the bad weather on Saturday all the way from Porthcawl, in South Wales, with her husband, 13-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter - all of whom play their golf at Pyle & Kenfig GC.

Claire said: "It was worth the trip up and we'd certainly come again. We've been here all day. The trick-shot show was probably my favourite thing. The children have enjoyed the putting and the simulators. There's a very good range of products on offer and we've bought a few things."

Fifty-one-year-old Ian Fraser, a 26-handicapper from Leicester, said: "This is the first year we've been. It's been a fantastic day, so we'll be back next year.

"There are some fantastic bargains to be had. If you're looking for a bargain you should come here. Brilliant prices. Even on all the training aids the prices are great. And top quality stuff as well. I've bought some great shoes at a good price so I'm happy.

"We had the free 15-minute golf lesson with the pros. That was good because it sorted the swing out. I can't wait to get back out on to the course."

The attention of organiser the Golf Show Group now switches to the launch of the new event at the NEC, the National Golf Show, which will take place from April 15-17, 2011.

The company was buoyed by the continued growth in support for the Midlands-based NEC event and has taken the decision to make the new National Golf Show, at the start of the golfing season, its flagship event.

Golf Show Group sales director Damian Benstead said: "This year's NEC Golf Show has been another success and reaffirms our belief that this is the ideal venue for our flagship event.

"We'll be back for the launch of the National Golf Show in April which will be a truly nationwide show, offering even more than we have before."

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