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Big breakfast? Big disappointment

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

THE Big Breakfast at Chantry, Ipswich, turned out to be a big helping of pig's ear when the film crew for the Channel 4 programme failed to show.

THE Big Breakfast at Chantry, Ipswich, today turned out to be a big helping of pig's ear when the film crew for the Channel 4 programme failed to show.

After the TV station contacted newsagents in the area for publicity to ask youngsters to turn up for the filming, posters were put up and even The Evening Star gave the show advanced publicity.

Today dozens of children – many dressed up in their favourite gear and hoping to be in on the cult breakfast show – were left with egg on their faces because there was no outside broadcast in the Ipswich area.

The Clark family of Hawthorn Drive was up at 5am getting ready for the arrival of the BB crew.

But after several tours, the family of five realised that the show was not going ahead after all, and about 30 other youngsters were also left disappointed.

Denise Clark, mother of Rebecca, aged ten, William, five, and 11-year-old Nathan, said the youngsters had been waiting all weekend. She said: "I don't think a lot of Big Breakfast at the moment.

"I just feel sorry for those there this morning – it is not just us, it's all the people who took the time to get there. People came from all over Chantry. We were meeting up and then going off again to look for them."

Rebecca was looking forward to being on TV as she is hoping one day to perform on Stars in Their Eyes.

Her brother, Nathan, a pupil at Rushmere Hall School, said: "We just wanted to have some fun. We have only lived here about a month and it would have been a chance to get to meet everyone."

Their father Ian, 32, had taken a day off from driving for Oakwood Limousines and as a freelance lorry-driver. He said they would be taking the children out for the day instead.

He said: "Lots of people had seen the sign in Chantry News. We were all just walking and driving around the area and waiting for them to turn up."

Joe Lawrence, manager of Chantry News, in Hawthorn Drive, said they had been contacted by one of the Channel 4 BB researchers last week, asking for help in publicising the event.

"I contacted the Star as extra publicity and we put posters up. Today we have had loads of people complaining but it is the TV programme that has got it wrong. We gave them publicity and they didn't show up. There are a lot of people disappointed today," he added.

Paul Giles, of Fitzwilliam Close, said he and his three children, Jamie, 11, Callum, seven and Shannon, five, also turned up to take part in the programme.

Jamie and Callum were wearing their Ipswich Town shirts and their little sister was dressed in her fairy costume.

Their dad said: "I telephoned Channel 4 to complain and they told me that they had never promised to be here today."

The BB advanced publicity poster said that the film unit would be in one of the following roads – Sheldrake Drive, Mallard Way and Heron Road – from 7am on Monday July 30. The Star called Channel 4 to find out what had happened and a spokeswoman said: "It was our mistake. We decided to pull it at the last moment. We apologise.''

Big Breakfast has visited Ipswich several times, the most recent in May when they again went to the Chantry Estate.

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