|Benidorm Mayor recording his speech|
The morning started early at the Sol Pelicanos hotel - the crew having already set up by 8am ready for the live link ups.
Benidorm Mayor, Agustin Navarro arrived at 9 o´clock to pre-record a welcome speech as he had a previous engagement so couldn´t broadcast live - not that anyone would have realised anyway. He welcomed all the British holiday makers which come to the town - they make up 60% of the tourist numbers every year so a very important market for the town.
|Benidorm´s Loose Women sampling the cocktails|
Our very own Benidorm royalty came dressed to the nines in their beautiful sparkly sequined frocks and pouting red lips. Miss Levi aka Wayne from Levi´s Showboat and Miss Jordan Rivers aka Gary from The Rich Bitch.... in fact, I felt positively underdressed sitting next to them.
|Alison & Matt surrounded by eager fans in (cold) pool|
Alison Hammond and Johnny Robinson are exactly the same in real life as they are on screen ... a real hoot and totally down to earth. They were entertaining everyone in between the long waits until the following live link up. Johnny did make me gasp when he said that he didn´t even have a passport, so he had to get an emergency one rushed through when he was asked to be a presenter on the show... but now he has sampled Benidorm he will certainly be back.
|Benidorm babes at the bar with Alison & Matt|
Writer of the ITV Benidorm series Derren Litten came to watch - he´s in town for a break from the wet British weather. It is Derren that we all have to thank for creating and writing the series and making Benidorm such a popular holiday destination - in fact, every time that the series is aired holiday bookings go up - great news for all the local bars and restaurants.
|Alison with the 3 lucky contestants!|
|Asa closing the show with La Vida Loca|
Asa appeared as the Neptune´s cabaret singer in the last series of Benidorm having made his debut in the Christmas special where he sang at Benidorm Palace.
|Point of no return for Matt|
|Me and hunky Mateo|
The presenters were all heading off for a quick lunch before making their way back to Alicante airport for their return flights to the UK - a whistle stop visit this time but lets all hope that we´ll be seeing them back again soon for maybe series 6 !
... and just incase you missed it, Johnny won the mobility scooter race along the Levante beach yesterday!