Sandi's always welcome here

POPULAR presenter Sandi Toksvig has been told she will always be welcome back in Filey.

The Danish-born broadcaster proved a hit with the locals after she accepted an invitation from the Mercury and former mayor Cllr Marion Wright to visit the town after she admitted not knowing where Filey was.

She and producer Harry Parker packed their bags for the seaside and recorded an edition of Radio Four travel programme Excess Baggage in the town in July.

The half-hour show aired at the end of last month and Cllr Wright was delighted with what she heard.

"It was absolutely fabulous," she said. "I have received emails from people who said the programme brought back wonderful memories and people have stopped me in the street to say they had listened to it and thought it was fantastic.

"Anytime Sandi wants to come back she will be very welcome because I thought she was a very nice person."

Ms Toksvig, 51, who was greeted at Coble Landing by town crier David Bull, was impressed by the town's award-winning museum and gardens and said she would definitely recommend Filey as a holiday destination.

She said: "It has a really lovely atmosphere, the air feels nice and clean and the gardens are beautiful. All we need is a better train service from London."

During the visit she met diver and metal-worker Chris Robinson, bird-watcher Ian Robinson, the town's lifeboat crew and staff at Ingham's fish restaurant, where they had lunch.

In the afternoon, they visited The Bay holiday village, where they interviewed developer Laurence Corrigan on the alleged burial site of Charlie the Elephant, of Butlins fame.

They then returned via Primrose Valley, where they interviewed the site manager and some long-term residents, and enjoyed an ice-cream on the beach. Sterchi's bakery was also on the itinerary.

Mrs Wright added: "It painted Filey in an excellent light. Sandi loved her time here, too – it was her sort of place."