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Town plans Gavin and Stacey trail

Cast of Gavin and Stacey
Gavin and Stacey has a cult TV following and recently won two Baftas

Barry could be set to cash in on its newfound fame as the setting for award winning BBC TV comedy Gavin and Stacey.

The local tourist department is looking into setting up a town trail through the seaside resort based on the series about a Barry girl and an Essex boy.

Fans of the show regularly ring up the Vale of Glamorgan Council's tourist office to ask 'what's occurring?' and find out about the town and the show.

As a result it has contacted the show's producers about setting up a trail.

Since launching on BBC3 last year the romantic comedy, which stars actor Matthew Horne as Gavin and Joanna Page as Stacey, has won rave reviews, a cult audience across the UK as well as winning two Baftas.

This interest has now transferred to the town and has already resulted in a mini-tourist boom with the tourist trade on May Bank Holiday in the town up by an estimated 25% on last year.

Many of the new visitors to the town came from East London and beyond showing that the council could be onto something with its plans.

Some of the callers even ask us if we can tell them what happened on the fishing trip
Vale of Glamorgan Council tourism and marketing manager Claire Evans

Vale of Glamorgan Council tourism and marketing manager Claire Evans said: "It's very much in the early stages but we would like to have a trail because there's so much interest in the town because of Gavin and Stacey.

"It would be a first for this area and if we do get the go ahead it would be very positive for the area.

"We've actually had members of the public locally and from Essex and all over the UK ringing up and asking about Gavin and Stacey and where it's filmed in Barry.

"We're actually having people phoning up to ask 'What's occurring?' like Nessa and some of them even try it in her accent as well.

"Some of the callers even ask us if we can tell them what happened on the fishing trip.

"But mostly people just want to ring up and find out where to take photos of where the series has been filmed.

"Obviously, if something is set up it would have to be done sensitively with everyone's permission as a lot of the filming was done on private property and we'd have to sort that side of things out first of all."

Talk plan

The council plans to meet up and talk to the production company behind the show, Baby Cow, about putting together a trail around the town based on the show's filming locations.

Part of the trail could include Trinity Street, where the Gavin and Stacey live or the Colcot Arms pub where the characters are often filmed having a drink and could even stretch as far as Dinas Powys which doubles as Essex in the show.

The landlord of the Colcot Arms, Steve Summerhayes, is all for the idea and said everyone in the town already knows that his pub is where the series is filmed.

"Everyone who drinks here though knows all about it," he said. "But we do get quite a few people coming in for a drink and then when they come up to the bar asking whether this is the place where they did all the filming for the show.

"We'd welcome the idea of a trail as at the end of the day it's all good for business.

"We've been thinking about doing something similar ourselves and even talked about putting something together ourselves."

The idea has even been taken on board by councillors who are set to discuss the idea later this month at an official meeting.

Councillor Rob Curtis recently said he would be raising the possibility of a trail when the council's scrutiny committees meet in the near future.

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