Carol Vorderman Returns to Her Roots For Her New Show on BBC Wales

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Carol Vorderman outside her sixties home in Palmeira Gardens Prestatyn. Photos: ©Clwyd News Carol Vorderman outside her sixties home in Palmeira Gardens Prestatyn. Photos: ┬ęClwyd News
TV star Carol Vorderman has returned to her roots for a new show to be aired next year on BBC Wales.
The Countdown legend grew up in Denbighshire and was a former pupil at the Blessed Edward Jones High School in Rhyl.
The celebrity was seen filming on Wednesday for the new show outside her Sixties home in Palmeira Gardens at the top of Prestatyn.
Carol said:
"I lived here for ten years and it's good to be back to be honest.
"It does bring back a lot of happy memories and I'm seeing people that I haven't seen for a long time.
"The programme has a working title called Close to Home and will run for three episodes.
"Farming was a big thing for my family and we will be filming in Denbigh and other local towns.
"I can't say too much about what it was like to grow up here because I don't want to pr-empt the show.
"It's not just about my history but more about the culture of the time and what is happening now with things like technology and education."
Carol lived in the ground floor flat with her single mum Edwina and siblings Anton and trixie.
The property was originally owned by her by her great-grandfather Daniel Davies, a local butcher from Prestatyn.
A fleet of vintage cars from the era was also filmed for the show and many neighbours stood outside their homes to watch the spectacle.
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Filming outside Carol Vorderman's sixties' home in
Palmeira Gardens, Prestatyn.
 
Tim Williams, who owns The Bon designer menswear shop in Prestatyn High Street, organised the vintage rally and will take part in one of the episodes.
Tim, who drove a 1968 MGBGT for the procession, said:
"It was a bit nerve wracking being interviewed by Carol in front of a camera but I really enjoyed it and it was quite exciting.
"She knew a lot of the people that I know and that put us on a similar footing.
"I'm one of the organisers of the Prestatyn Car Show and the producer was looking for cars from that era when Carol was a child.
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Tim Williams drives a 1968 MGBGT
 
"The reason for the cars is because Carol used to sit on the wall collecting car number plates and there weren't that many around in those days.
"She would write a number down and the same car would drive past shortly after.
"All of the cars are owned by people who live in Prestatyn except one which is from Manchester.
"The drivers were very excited to be part of the show and it's very good for Prestatyn."
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Rikk Proffitt and Rod McCully in a vintage Mercedes
 
Neighbour Ian Griffiths' daughter Natalie now lives in the same property where Carol grew up.
He said:
"We've always known Carol used to live here and I remember them filming another show years ago because my son ran down there to get her autograph.
"We used to love Countdown and we watched her in the documentary Flying Engineer when she was in Brougton which was really good.
"It was nice to see the old cars because I used to work on many of those makes and they've brought back a lot of memories.
"This is a very quiet avenue and it's great to see someone like Carol who grew up here and went on to accomplish so much in her life."
 
Last modified onWednesday, 16 September 2020 15:11

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