Former rugby star and TV presenter Martin Bayfield has been confirmed as the host of this year’s NBF Bed Show Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony.

Taking place on the evening of 18th September at the Telford International Centre, during the Bed Show, the ninth Gala Dinner will be hosted by Martin, who will welcome and entertain the 400-plus guests.

At 6ft 10in, former police officer, Martin was one of the tallest men in rugby - a gift he used to full advantage as one of England's most potent forwards, winning 21 England caps and two Grand Slams. After retiring, his height helped him secure the part of Robbie Coltrane’s body double as the giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

He has since become an established member of the BT Sport and ITV Sport commentary teams. He has also fronted coverage of the NFL and The World’s Strongest Man contest, and joined the presenting team on Crimewatch, as well as trying his comedic skills at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Tickets for the Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony, which includes fundraising for the industry charity, The Furniture Makers’ Company, are now available on the Bed Show website.