Frankie's garden gets eBay offer after internet auction

PART of Frankie Howerd's former garden could soon be sold off after an internet bidder made an offer for it on eBay. A half-acre plot of land in the garden of Wavering Down House, Cross, was put on the auction website last week for £500,000 by Frankie's f

PART of Frankie Howerd's former garden could soon be sold off after an internet bidder made an offer for it on eBay.A half-acre plot of land in the garden of Wavering Down House, Cross, was put on the auction website last week for £500,000 by Frankie's former nurse Chris Byrne, who lives in the legendary comic's former home.Although the land did not go for £500,000 like Chris had hoped, a bidder did make a lower offer for it and Chris is now considering whether to sell it.Chris, who lives in the luxury home with Frankie's former partner Denis Heymer, says he is selling the land to help fund a legal case over alleged slanderous comments he claims were made about him. Planning permission to build a house and garage has already been obtained for the land.He also says the series of high-profile charity fund-raisers held in the grounds of the house will not end because of the sale.Hundreds of Frankie fans from across the world flocked to the leafy corner of Somerset this year for the events and Chris has planned another 28 for next year, including a performance by The Wurzels in the gardens on June 17.Chris said: "We decided we just don't need the land. It's going to be a very exclusive home when it's built."The money will be used to fund a very costly legal case I'm going to have to fight."Denis and I decided that if we have got assets then we may as well use them the best we can."We decided eBay would give us a better response because it would attract people from all over the world."The land is at the back of the garden and it doesn't stop me from having functions, we will still have another lot for next year."We hope we get someone we like, and maybe even someone who is a big fan of Frankie's work.


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