A cult icon of US reality TV brought a South Yorkshire indoor market to a standstill as shoppers flocked to a confectionery stall to meet their hero.
TV treasure hunter Jesse McClure, was visiting the region as part of a whistle stop tour of the UK and the fast talking antiques dealer fired from the lip as he wowed his fans.
Business at Sweet Deals in Doncaster Market had never been so good as TV treasure hunter Jesse, from US cult reality show Storage Hunters, swapped the auctioneer’s gavel for sweetie jars, as he sweet talked customers into buying tasty treats from his friend Dave Sleep’s market stall.
He also signed autographs, handed out publicity shots of himself, had photographs taken with fans and hugged those that came to see him.
Although Dave Sleep now has a business importing and selling the best of American confectionery and snacks, in a past life he has designed computer game apps. One features a storage hunters app voiced by original programme presenters including Californian Jesse (pictured), Ron “Papa Bear” Kirkpatrick and their other fast talking colleagues. That’s how Jesse found himself visiting South Yorkshire.
Since 2014 Jesse has visited his buddy Dave a couple of times and said he loved to return to the UK to meet him and his fans.
The 28-year-old TV star said: “It’s always a great pleasure to come here. It’s the second time I’ve been to Doncaster and I’m starting to get to grips a little more with the English language.”
On his whistle-stop visit Jesse joked with fans and even convinced one he was an Elvis impersonator called Martin from Sheffield who had perfected his American accent in South Yorkshire and that one day he would like to make it on television.
However, his accent can not betray his true origins as he is from Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles (The City of Angels) where he has an antiques business and from where he began his fledgling career in the family antiques mall.