Larry Lamb, Wendy Brown, Marianne Brown, and George Lamb in Stornoway today.
Former Eastenders star Larry Lamb and his TV presenter son George were out and about in Stornoway this Saturday (June 16).
They are cycling through the islands for their TV series, Britain by Bike, for Channel 5, and happily posed for photos with fans.
There was also a special performance for the programme by the Lewis Pipe Band who said in advance: "Our Parade this Saturday will be an extra special one, as we're being filmed for the Channel 5 series Britain by Bike, hosted by Larry and George Lamb!
“The parade will be at the earlier time of around 11am in the Town Centre, and it would be great to have our usual big crowd to watch and support us and see a couple of celebrities.”
Despite gently falling and rather unfamiliar rain, there was quite a crowd in the square for the band and the TV crew.
Later Marianne Brown and sister Wendy joined a queue of folk to meet the two presenters in Perceval Square. Marianne said: "We didn't really get a chance to chat as we were the last to ask for a pic but they were so lovely, and happy to oblige."
Larry Lamb (70) is best-known for playing Alfie Mitchell in Eastenders. He also played Mick Shipman in 'Gavin and Stacey', and appeared in 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here' in 2016.
Speaking about the first programmes in the bike series, first broadcast last September, Larry said: “We travelled around four beautiful National Parks – Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, the Yorkshire Dales, the New Forest and Pembrokeshire. I had actually been to all of them before, but not so extensively, so it was lovely to see new areas and trails. We were away for about five days filming in each park, so we really got around.” Larry describes cycling about with his son as “a gift of a job.”
George Lamb (38), currently presents 'Football Tonight' on BT Sport, and previously fronted the Big Brother spin-off show, 'Big Brother's Little Brother’.
There was lots more about bicycles in Stornoway during the day with another Big Bike Revival event at the YM Bridge. There were road bike skill sessions – basic guidance and instruction of skills for novice upwards to encourage people to get out on the roads safely. A labour-intensive speciality was bike powered smoothies! They sere being made by electricity generated by customers cycling a static bike. There was a group bike through the town centre to promote cycling and raise awareness.
Also present was Highland Cycle Ability Centre, based in Cantray near Inverness, which attracts over 3000 visits annually and caters in particular for people with disabilities.
Manager Gareth Jenkins, said: “It is so rewarding to see people taking the opportunity to cycle on our specialised cycles and we are really hoping to see lots of new people turn out, as well as our friends from Macauley College, Sandwickhill Learning Centre and Ardseileach Centre.”