Hundreds of people queued to see TV star Nigel Marven on Saturday.
The Prehistoric Park and Walking with Dinosaurs presenter was in town to open the new Fossils Galore extension.
His fans were out in force, standing outside for their chance to get an autograph and photo with Nigel. Some youngsters brought their favourite dinosaur books or DVDs for him to sign as well.
Nigel was very impressed with Fossils Galore and praised owner Jamie Jordan for what he had accomplished.
“This is fantastic,” he said. “You don’t expect to find a place like this in a town this size. And Jamie is so knowledgeable about fossils. It is an amazing resource to have in the area.”
Jamie was delighted with the turn-out and said it was as good as he had hoped. Youngsters also got to do activities such as gold panning and reptile handling at the fun day.
Fossils Galore has extended next door and now has an enlarged gift shop and tea room. This is in addition to the educational facilities and fossils already on offer.