BBC WEATHERMAN BROCKWAY’S BIG BILLS RANKLE WITH PENARTH COUNCIL

BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway in the Russian Hat flanked by left to right Mayor Cllr Neil Thomas, Fran Donovan , and on the right former Town Crier Dave Horgan

BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway in the russian hat flanked by (left to right) the then Town Mayor Cllr Neil Thomas, Fran Donovan , and on the right former Town Crier Dave Horgan switching on Penarth Christmas Lights in 2013 .

Penarth Town Council’s Leisure and Amenities Committee – considering a report on this year’s Christmas Festival – have been told of the high charges made by local tv personality Derek Brockway for participating in civic ceremonies.

The committee was considering whether any personalities living locally would consider officiating at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch-on ceremony in Penarth.

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

The Town Mayor, Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines), mentioned – en passant – the possibility of inviting  BBC Wales Today weatherman  Derek Brockway to officiate. [Derek Brockway had performed the switch-on at Christmas 2013].

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) pointed out that “He costs money”.

Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings said  that the council had invited “celebrities” before – but it was “such a hit and miss thing” that a decision had been made instead to invite the winner of the previous year’s Christmas shop window competition to perform the switch on.

The Town Clerk of Penarth Emma Smith

The Town Clerk of Penarth Emma Smith

However, playing her cards close to her chest, the Town Clerk Emma Smith appeared to suggest that a “celebrity” might yet be involved, . She said enigmatically “We have got two people who could essentially do it this year  – and I’m not saying any more than that ” – and did not name the personalities she had in mind.

When the Mayor, Cllr Cuddy, enquired whether this was “a duo” – he was told the two potential celebrity participants would not necessarily appear together . One personality was being envisaged as provisional “fall-back” in the event of the Penarth Council’s first choice of personality turning down the invitation .

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward ) said “It always amazes me when you’ve got people that live locally , that they won’t give up half-an-hour of their time to  come and do something for the community”.

A former Mayor of Penarth, Cllr Williams recalled that some 12 years ago he had invited BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway to launch some balloons at an event. He had paid for Mr Brockway’s parents to also attend the function – “but then we had a bill for £600 from his agent”.

BBC weatherman Derek Brockway

BBC weatherman Derek Brockway

Mr BrockwayCllr Williams saidhad subsequently switched on the Christmas Lights at Penarth and that had resulted in a bill of around £700 

Cllr Williams said “I’m not picking on him particularly – but surely we’ve got people here to do this at no fee”. Cllr Williams and others suggested a number of personalities including Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans and Joe Ledley.

It was confirmed that this year's Christmas Lights switch-on would be performed by the winners of the 2015 Christmas Shop-window competition ry Cook presents the coveted trophy for Penath's best Christmas shop window display to Funky Monkey fo WIndsor Road

It was confirmed that this year’s Christmas Lights switch-on would be performed by the winners of the 2015 Christmas Shop-window competition Rebecca and Justin Horton of Funky Monkey on Windsor Road who received the Christmas Shop Window trophy last Christmas  from former Mayor of Penarth Cllr Rosemary Cook (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Rosemary Cook (Labour St Augustines) [who was  Mayor of Penarth last year when the Christmas Lights Switch-On had to be cancelled because of the weather],  asked for clarification as to exactly who would be switching on the lights this year .

It was confirmed that the ceremony would be performed by the winners of the 2015 Christmas shop-window competition [who were Rebecca and Justin Horton of the Funky Monkey children’s clothing shop in Windsor Road]   along with the Mayor of Penarth.

This year’s Christmas Festival Christmas Lights Switch On will be held unprecedentedly early – on November 20th.

 

 

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24 Responses to BBC WEATHERMAN BROCKWAY’S BIG BILLS RANKLE WITH PENARTH COUNCIL

  1. Clare Morgan says:

    We have other more interesting celebrities living within Penarth who would attract larger crowds to this event .

  2. Georgie says:

    Yes agree with comments, invited Derek to a charity event was organising but he was way too expensive for us, as trying to raise money for good cause, understand he has to cover costs but incredibly expensive. What about other celebrities/sports people living in the town

  3. sjleworthy says:

    i’ll do it, with my dogs, for a slab of ‘Bow🙂

  4. Frank Evans says:

    How about the opera singer who got her planning permission through. She owes us one!

  5. Jonny says:

    Not being funny but who is Derek Brockway? I’ve never heard of him.

  6. Georgie says:

    What about Colin Jackson or the Hannah Mills who won Gold at the Olympics, think she lives in Dinas Powys but used to sail with Penarth Yacht Club, so that must make her at bit from Penarth. So if you don’t tell, I won’t!

  7. Danny Oakentrode says:

    So, the outlook is changeable, with brighter spells developing in coastal areas.

  8. Martin Coffee says:

    That it the going rate for a very minor celeb. so I don’t understand why the council is so upset. Perhaps they didn’t bother to check his rate beforehand?
    I thought we had a mayor with a budget for this sort of thing?

  9. Beryl says:

    I think the Funky Monkey couple are just perfect – why should we have a “celebrity” who wants a fee? It’s so outdated and quite often nobody knows who they are. I certainly don’t want to see Derek Brockway – who? – being paid anything.
    It’s a lovely idea to have the winners of the Christmas window competition. It’s an event for the people of Penarth and as such the lights should be switched on by someone who makes a contribution to the town – like independent retailers or those awards the council did for people who’ve helped the community in some way.

  10. Christopher David says:

    Sod Brocky, let’s see if we can get Benny and ask her to promote a whip round for Charity. I’ll chip in- if you get Benny🙂

    • Christopher David says:

      Benny? you say- she’s a competent and vivacious wever gal. Yes I hear you’ve been over the Hill. Did WD40 help in that instance😉

  11. Tim says:

    I’ve done a straw poll of family and friends to find out if my lot were the only ones who hadn’t a clue who Derek Brockway was. Nobody knew of him!

  12. Christopher David says:

    Wever gal

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