Andy and Julian Banner-Price

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A Burntwood man has appeared in a TV reality show.
Andy and Julian Banner-Price
Andy Banner-Price and partner Julian run the five-star Plas Dinas Country House near Caernarfon and made their first appearance on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed programme this evening (June 13). Andy grew up in Hammerwich and went to Chasetown High School before initially going into a sales career. He worked for national supermarket chains and was also call centre manager for the RAC, at its landmark H/Q in Birmingham for several years, before moving into the hotel business. His parents, Marilyn and Terry Pierce and sister, Emma Bennett, all still live in Burntwood area and have been regular visitors to Plas Dinas. Andy explained:
“Emma brings her two children, Daniel and Luke, who just love it here at Plas Dinas. Daniel goes to the same school I attended. He’s currently sitting his GCSEs. It’s strange to think some of his teachers are the same ones who taught me.”
In the Four in a Bed series, each night of the week competing B&B owners visit each other’s establishments and rate it against their own standards. They throw open their doors and take turns to stay with one another – and pay what they consider fair for their stay. The episodes featuring the Plas Dinas duo will be broadcast every evening until Friday, starting at 5pm. The episode on Wednesday (June 15) will concentrate on Plas Dinas Country House specifically. Andy said:
“It was a really good opportunity for us to promote our accommodation and also this area of Wales as a great destination for a holiday. It was a lovely day when they filmed here and the camera crew got some great shots.”
Plas Dinas was up against B&B establishments from Kirkby, Liverpool, West Sussex and Yorkshire. Julian added:
“We took the other B&B owners to the National Slate Museum in Llanberis while they were here which gave them the opportunity to find out more about Wales’ history and the way the miners used to live.”
In the evening, the couple took them to eat at the famous Black Boy Inn in Caernarfon. Andy explained:
“We wanted to be able to showcase Welsh food in a traditional environment and also give them the opportunity of hearing Welsh spoken. As we’re not Welsh ourselves, we were very keen to ensure they still experienced the language and could interact with the locals. It was lovely to hear their comments on how friendly everyone at the pub was.”
For more information on Plas Dinas Country House visit www.plasdinas.co.uk.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.