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  1. Published on: 10/08/2018 06:55 AMReported by: roving-eye


    Popular TV presenter Anita Rani is joining the celebrity line-up at this year's Southport Flower Show.

    Anita, who is known for appearing on BBC shows Countryside and Watchdog, will meet visitors to the show on the opening day in August.

    The talented broadcaster was a semi-finalist on the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing and returned to the dance floor as host of the Strictly live tour last year.

    Anita will speak to guests at Southport's Celebrity Theatre on Thursday August 16th at 3pm and be present at the Kuoni stand throughout the day.

    She recently presented and co-produced a two part series on BBC One titled My Family, Partition and Me, examining the human impact of the partition of India in 1947.

    Last year she also co-presented World's Busiest Cities for BBC2, a four part series taking in the sights of Hong Kong, Mexico City, Delhi and Moscow.

    The 2018 line-up also features entertainment for all the family, with Justin Fletcher on hand to entertain the children, who can enter free with a paying adult.

    Anita will join a host of famous names at Southport this year including Christine Walkden and Matthew Wilson who will be passing on their gardening tips.

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  3. Kafoozalum says:10/08/2018 06:56 PM
    I am curious, why do the flower show organizers feel that they have to pay celebrities to attend the flower show? Surely you are either going to go or not, especially with the cost involved, whether there are celebrities there or not.
    I can understand having gardening experts/celebrities there, who are going to contribute something to the show, but not celebs who just swan round having their photo taken. Would anybody really cough up to go, just because they might catch a glimpse of a celeb?

  4. gsgsgs says:11/08/2018 12:33 AM
    Anita, who is known for appearing on BBC shows Countryside?

    Such a popular BBC show!

  5. clive764 says:11/08/2018 08:35 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by gsgsgs View Post
    Anita, who is known for appearing on BBC shows Countryside?

    Such a popular BBC show!
    Countryfile.

    And yes people do want to see celebrities. Whether it makes them come or not I'm not sure. But I think a small minority might.

    I really can't fathom why some people have such a negative and critical attitude to one of our premier events, that is run by a Trust and does a great deal for the town. Surely it is a positive that personalities want to come and associate their name with it.

  6. Kafoozalum says:11/08/2018 09:19 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by clive764 View Post
    Countryfile.

    And yes people do want to see celebrities. Whether it makes them come or not I'm not sure. But I think a small minority might.

    I really can't fathom why some people have such a negative and critical attitude to one of our premier events, that is run by a Trust and does a great deal for the town. Surely it is a positive that personalities want to come and associate their name with it.
    My point is that they are paying these celebs to come, they have for years and I have always thought it pointless. I do not have a critical attitude to the flower show, but I feel that if less money was spent on unnecessary items like this then they could make it more affordable.

  7. clive764 says:11/08/2018 10:45 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Kafoozalum View Post
    My point is that they are paying these celebs to come, they have for years and I have always thought it pointless. I do not have a critical attitude to the flower show, but I feel that if less money was spent on unnecessary items like this then they could make it more affordable.
    You really are unrealistic in the ways of big commercial events. Celebrity/personality attendance is a relative small outlay compared to the total expenses incurred by such a well organised and prestigious event
    "Make it more affordable"? - 50p/1 less admission as a result of no personalities, which do attract some?. The rate of what people will pay is monitored no doubt and 10,000+ people per day at the show is evidence that it is about right to balance enough paying attendees to warrant enough commercial stalls and patronage against how many people it is comfortable to accommodate on the Show site.


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