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Friday, 24 October 2014

TY’S PLEA: LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN

US TV star Ty Pennington is today calling on the people of Langholm to pull out all the stops to help revitalise the Kilngreen.

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TV star Ty Pennington

It was announced two weeks ago that Ty Pennington, star of US hit TV show Extreme Makeover, will be coming to Langholm in May to film the third series of his UK television show, Ty’s Great British Adventure.

Now Ty and the producers of his series are reaching out to the community to come together to make a difference and create an open space for the community to be proud of, a place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy the beautiful scenery and attractions.

The proposed bandstand will open up new opportunities for outdoor entertainment to take up where the music and arts festival left off and a programme for over the summer is already being looked at.

Ty, who is currently filming in the USA, said: “I’m really looking forward to my British Adventure in Langholm.

“I’ve never visited Scotland and am excited to get there but I think there’s a big challenge ahead. I’m going to need the community to help me so that together we can put Langholm on the map.

“If any of you can donate your time, expertise or materials for the project it would be great to hear from you. Let’s make it happen.”

Filming will begin with Ty coming to the Kilngreen to see the project and meet everybody on Monday, May 25. Seven days of hard work by the community and Ty’s team will follow.

Ty will then host an official opening event on Sunday, May 31 to thank everybody who has been involved with the project. Details of the event are being kept under wraps at the moment but it will be open to the whole community.

Ty and his team are encouraging anybody who feels they may be able to help to get in touch.

People with any construction skills are especially urged to make contact, although any volunteers are welcomed.

Businesses which feel they have something to offer are sought, be it lending equipment, supplying labour, donating materials or even offering to feed the volunteers.

Dave Baines, the show’s series producer, said: “We’ve already been overwhelmed by the strength of support and co-operation we’ve received from the people of Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Buccleuch Estates, the Langholm Initiative and various other organisations and committees.

Judith Johnson, of the Langholm Initiative, said: “The timing of Ty’s offer of help couldn’t have been better. We’d just finished a public consultation on how to improve the Kilngreen and we are going to be able to realise some of the hopes and dreams identified by the community.”

It is not only Langholm that is going to benefit from the international television coverage. The series will also feature other places as Ty explores the region to source labour and materials for the project.

The producers would also like to hear from anybody who has any fascinating stories about the Kilngreen or Langholm.

Dave said: “We would love for the whole community to get involved and, together with Ty, help achieve this ambitious project. If you can help in any way, large or small, please get in touch. Contact us on 01752 727448 or e-mail ty@twofour.co.uk.

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