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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Cumbrian family bump into Keith Lemon on holiday

The last thing Derek Holliday expected during his quiet family break in the Lakes was to be surrounded by camera crews.

But it was not a showbiz scandal which sparked the interest on the shores of Windermere but TV comic Leigh Francis – better known as Keith Lemon, the host of ITV’s Celebrity Juice – filming an episode of Through The Keyhole.

Derek, who was staying with his family at nearby Fallbarrow Park, said he could not believe his eyes when he saw the comedian and added that he was really good with the small crowd which had gathered.

The 44-year-old, from Ellerbeck Lane in Workington, said: “It’s a remote spot and I saw all these cameras. Then I saw it was Keith Lemon on a jetty. We had a crack with him.”

He added that the star told him he would be filming for the series in London next before jetting off for another shoot in France.

“He was great because I asked him for a photo when he finished filming but he had all his gear on so he said ‘give me a few minutes’,” he said.

“He got back on the boat and got changed into his normal clothes. He put on his Keith Lemon voice.

“He was brilliant because there were only a few people feeding the ducks at the time and they didn’t know what the crack was. But there were a lot of people on balconies watching what was going on.”

Derek, who is a warehouse worker at Stobbarts’ Lillyhall base, said he heard that the episode was likely to be broadcast at the end of August but TV bosses were tight-lipped about whose keyhole they were looking through.

He added that, although it had not been officially confirmed, he suspected that the subject was possibly Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne.

“He wouldn’t tell us who they were doing,” he said. “They were using Duncan Bannatyne’s boat. I walked past his lodge and there were lots of cameras – I don’t think there is anybody else famous in Windermere.”

Last month fans in south Cumbria were treated to a taste of celebrity juice when the TV comic travelled to Barrow to film for another episode of the revamped Through the Keyhole.

The film crew set up camp in the town’s Abbey Road and when he was spotted by fans he happily posed for pictures.

At the time production crews were desperate for the identity of the homeowner to remain a secret but it was not long before rumours surfaced of Hairy Biker Dave Myers being the subject of the filming.

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