November 30, 2021

Locals erect ‘Ant and Dec Go Home’ sign amid preparations for I’m a Celebrity

The schedule returns to Gwrych Castle near Abergele for the next series, but it’s clear some locals aren’t happy.

The complaints relate to the interference of production with daily life by blocking paths and erecting scaffolding.

One resident told MailOnline: ‘These people are absolutely ridiculous, they put up a structure and then think they can stop us locals from walking our dogs where we have been walking for over 40 years. “

Another said: “They completely ruined the area by dredging up all that mud, when we asked them if they would put it back afterwards they said it was winter, it wouldn’t have to. importance, but they dug 6ft holes, how dare they. ”

Some locals would be happy to see the presenters return to the lower lands. Credit: Splash News

While a third complained: “None of this comes back to the city or to the people here, they have security everywhere and prevent people from going where they normally go, they don’t even have local employee here, it’s so unfair. “

Abergele’s mayor, Councilor Alan Hunters, however, disagreed with this assessment, saying the show will boost the economy and boost morale in the region.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted that I am a celebrity (IAC) is back at our town’s iconic Gwrych Castle. Prior to ITV’s return announcement, I had lost count of how many times residents and local businesses had asked me if I thought (IAC) would return.

“The return has certainly boosted morale in the city and there is noticeable excitement across the generations. “

He continued, “I am truly grateful that there is a policy of using local trades to supply and maintain the salon, which will help economic recovery for so many people.

“The return is a real boost for the economy of the city, the coast and North Wales in general. It is also a massive boost for the restoration of the castle.

“Last year the show went through an almost complete lockdown and I hope this year we won’t be limited, as long as people are reasonable and stay safe, we will welcome visitors. It will be fantastic to welcome the production team and the team to town this year. “

45secondes.fr has contacted ITV for comment.

Credit: Instagram / @ mrsgifletcher
Credit: Instagram / @ mrsgifletcher

The show’s final series – won by podcast host Giovanna Fletcher – took place in the UK for the first time after the Covid-19 pandemic forced producers to abandon plans to film the program on its usual base in Australia.

This year’s celebrity lineup includes ex-BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin, Olympic gold medalist Matty Lee, TV presenter and journalist Richard Madeley and former footballer David Ginola.

The show starts on Sunday (November 21).

Additional road safety measures will be put in place during filming after a woman taking a photo of the location was hit by a car and died, according to an investigation heard earlier this month.

Sharn Hughes, 58, had gone with her husband David Elfyn Hughes to see the castle lights on November 21 last year when she stepped out of an arch in the road and was struck by a driving Volvo estate. 60 mph speed limit.

Coroner for East and Central Wales John Gittins said Conwy County Borough Council chief executive Iwan Davies wrote to him describing additional security measures reportedly in place. place for the filming of this year’s series.

The show will return to Gwrych Castle.  Credit: Alamy
The show will return to Gwrych Castle. Credit: Alamy

These include a reduced speed limit of 30 mph for the road to the scene of the fatal collision and beyond.

Ms Hughes’ family said they were grateful for the changes.

They told the court that € 5,000 was collected after her death for a food bank for which she had collected.

Gittins told the family: “I am absolutely certain that whatever the horrific circumstances that led to her passing, you must be incredibly proud of this woman. ”

He recorded a finding of death resulting from a traffic accident, the cause of death being multiple traumatic injuries.

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