Celeb show?s Tweed boost
By ED SOUTHORN
TWEED Mayor Warren Polglase was yesterday looking forward to 15 minutes of fame on the I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here reality TV show.
Councillor Polglase was due last night to star on the show, which he said was currently watched by more than three million Britons and is being filmed at a secret location near Dungay in the Tweed Valley.
The mayor said he felt privileged to be invited to talk up the attractions of the Tweed as a tourist destination to such a large overseas audience.
But Cr Polglase was not scheduled to be filmed in the Tweed rainforest, where British celebrities including Princess Di's disgraced butler Paul Burrell are progressively voted off by viewers until the last remaining celebrity wins one million pounds.
The mayor was yesterday planning exactly how he would describe and praise the Tweed to a British audience before his scheduled filming last night at the Versace Hotel at Main Beach on the Gold Coast. "This is an enormous opportunity to help market the Tweed internationally," Cr Polglase told the Daily News.
"We have world heritage rainforests, Mt Warning and some great beaches and this sort of exposure can help our eco-tourism industry.
"The show has already been fantastic for gaining international recognition for the Tweed."
I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here went to air across Britain on Sunday night and is running for four weeks.
Production team members have been spotted around Murwillumbah. Some have been buying up products and services from local businesses.
But when it comes to local media exposure, the Celebrity show has been keen to keep a low profile.
Councillor Polglase said he had been advised his interview on the show would last as long as 15 minutes.
He said he appreciated the opportunity to appear on British television to help promote the Tweed and hoped the interview would proceed as planned.