Date: 10/12/2008 Category: Events
Crowned jungle winner Joe Swash was given a warm welcome today as he arrived in Chatham ahead of this year’s pantomime, Cinderella. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! winner Joe was warmly greeted by the management of the Central Theatre, where he is performing, and Medway Council deputy leader Alan Jarrett after returning from the jungle this week. He is now busily preparing for his star role as Buttons for Cinderella, which starts on Friday. During his time in the jungle, Joe lost a staggering stone and a half in weight thanks to a diet of rice and beans. Medway Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Alan Jarrett was pleased to personally welcome Joe to Chatham and offered him a large doorstep sandwich to fatten him up ready for the panto. He added: “Congratulations to Joe. Everyone has been looking forward to his arrival and he looks set to make Christmas in Medway extra special.” Joe Swash said that while he was on the set of I'm A Celebrity .. Get Me Out of Here! other contestants who had played in pantomimes before egged him on ahead of him appearing in Cinderella at Chatham's Central Theatre. He added: "Timmy Mallett is doing a pantomime and several other of the contestants have been in pantomimes before and they all told me how much fun they are and were all very supportive." When asked what he thought of Chatham, he added: "I had a look around Chatham when it was first announced that I was in the pantomime and everyone there has been really nice to me." "Chatham is a lovely little town with lovely people and everyone here has shown me so much support. Even this morning as I walked to the theatre everybody was great." General Manager of the Central Theatre Tony Hill said: “This is a really exciting time. “It was already great for us to have Joe Swash starring in our Christmas show. Now he has been crowned King of the Jungle we are ecstatic. “The Cinderella box office has been inundated since the start of I’m A Celebrity and the public are still pouring in for tickets to see Joe live on stage. I'd say to everyone, 'don't delay if you want to get seats’”. Notes To Editors: Joe Swash is playing the part of Buttons in Cinderella, which starts on Friday, 12 December and runs until Sunday, 4 January. Tickets start from £8.50 for children and £12.50 for adults. To contact the box office call 01634 338338 or book online at www.medway.gov.uk/theatrebooking.