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Lineker in town for ad

PUBLISHED: 17:15 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:54 11 August 2010

A CROWD of people gathered around Barking bandstand last week as they were confronted by a puzzling sight. There were police, workmen on strike, a man dressed as a squirrel, and giant illuminated barrels lifted into the air by a crane – what was it all ab

A CROWD of people gathered around Barking bandstand last week as they were confronted by a puzzling sight.

There were police, workmen on strike, a man dressed as a squirrel, and giant illuminated barrels lifted into the air by a crane - what was it all about?

The POST went to investigate and found football legend, Gary Lineker was filming the new Walkers crisps advertisement in Barking town centre.

The soccer star was in East Street with a camera crew and cast to shoot the video on Wednesday November 26.

Much of the new advertisement was filmed above the Wilkinson's store, and afterwards the crew were in the street by the bandstand.

One onlooker, Jamie Cairns, 26, of Station Parade, Barking said: "I was just on my way home when I noticed these huge barrels hanging above the bandstand.

"I went over to see what was going on couldn't believe it when I saw Gary Lineker and the camera crew there.

"I'm not sure what the new ad will be like, but there was a lot of weird stuff going on.

"I saw police vans and officers everywhere, men dressed as workmen in hard hats with 'on strike' placards. and there was even someone dressed as a squirrel!"

Barking town centre and street trading manager, Ralph Cook said: "This site was chosen because Wilkinson's have a large space above their store which they let out to film crews.

"We were told that Gary Lineker would be filming the new Walkers crisps ad here and that was all we knew about it.


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