WHITBY went celeb-spotting this week as the nation’s favourite TV presenters turned up in town to film a new advert.
As word spread that Ant and Dec were in Whitby on Wednesday, crowds gathered outside the fish market to catch a glimpse of the duo who were shooting an advert for Morrison’s after teaming up with the supermarket last week.
They spent the day on the fish quay shooting scenes, which are expected to be aired next month, before going out to sea on a working trawler boat.
Before the day’s filming they had stayed at luxury hotel Raithwaite Hall at Sandsend and used the Marine bar on the harbourside as their base.
The stars of I’m A Celebrity, Saturday Night Takeaway, Byker Grove and Britain’s Got Talent took time out to speak to the Whitby Gazette and were pleased they didn’t get seasick during their trip out to sea.
Dec said: “We did refuse tablets and decided to go for the true experience but it could not have been a better day.
“The sun was shining, it was calm out there – it was a real pleasure.”
The trip down the coast from their native Newcastle brought back memories for Dec who had been to Whitby before.
He added: “It was years ago when I came.
“When I was very little my sisters came to enter an Irish dancing competition so we all piled into the car and came down.
“It was nice to come back and brought back a lot of memories.”
Ant said he was so impressed by the beauty of Whitby that he wanted to come back with his wife, Lisa.
He said: “It is gorgeous and I would definitely come back. I said to my wife I have found a lovely spot to go on holiday.
“She thinks it is the Bahamas or the south of France but, no love, we are going to Whitby.”
Just before they headed off home they spent time posing for photographs and signing autographs for the waiting crowds.
They included Whitby Community College students Adam Clarkson, Ben Lawson-Green and Marc Butler who had ‘bunked off’ to go to see Ant and Dec.
Adam said: “We just caught him going to the toilet as we went to get a bacon sandwich.
“He told us to wait and then he shook our hands and I said I enjoyed the mullet joke but he said it got boring after the 50th time.
“We just had a laugh really and a bit of banter and he said ‘nice to have met you lads, have a nice day’.
“He is my hero and I am probably going to get into trouble because I am supposed to be at college but it was my one chance to meet him and the waiting paid off.”
A spokesperson for Morrison’s added: “We have more than 5,000 butchers, bakers and fishmongers and we always buy British where we can.
“Whitby has an extraordinary amount of character as a seaside location.
“We could not think of a better location because of the fishing heritage.
“Ant and Dec’s talent is showing the extraordinary talent of real people and we hope they can do that for us in this advert.
“We have all these butchers, bakers and fishmongers and want to show them off.”