GIANT fruits with sunglasses and musical instruments, an English football legend Gary Lineker and a film crew are just some of the wacky cocktail of sights combining on Worthing beach today (June 23).
The former striker-turned-commentator Lineker is filming his latest tongue-in-cheek advert for national crisp company, Walkers.
Lineker, who has fronted the company’s television adverts for more than 20 years, this morning tweeted about the action, which has closed off parts of Worthing’s beach today.
He tweeted: “A little coastal action for a seriously silly @walkers_crisps advert.”
And silly certainly seems to be the right word to describe the filming.
Musicians Black Lace, dressed as a banana, pineapple, pear and lemon, playing guitars and a trumpet, are currently on scene performing the popular 80s tune, Agadoo.
The bulk of the filming will be taking place today until about 7pm, with some other scenes also being shot tomorrow.
A spokesman for Walkers revealed the advert is part of a campaign to relaunch some favourite flavours and will be hitting the small screen in the autumn.
“The ad stars Gary Lineker, who is on fine form, and it’s a look back at some of the great things that we want to bring back about the 80s and some of the things that are best left in the past,” the spokesman explained.
“We’ve got Black Lace performing the Agadoo in the background.
“It’s a great atmosphere. It’s a relatively open set and lots of people are enjoying it and coming to the beach to have a watch.”
Among the flavours to make a possible comeback include barbecue, lamb and mint and beef and onion.
The section of the promenade from west of the entrance to Worthing Pier to the Lido has been barricaded off to allow for three days of filming, which started yesterday.
The spokesman added that Worthing was the ‘perfect location’ for the advert and praised Worthing and Adur Councils for their open attitude and understanding.
This is Lineker’s second film shoot in the town in two days.
Yesterday he spent the evening at Worthing Football Club’s grounds, in Woodside Road.
He was recording a scene for a new Comic Relief campaign.
The relief charity kept the exact details of the campaign a secret.
However, crowds watched the football ace take a spin on the stadium’s new 3G pitch before tackling an amusing football challenge.
The precise details of the film are being kept a closely-guarded secret by Comic Relief.
However, the video did star five young footballers from Worthing’s under-18 and under-21 side, Jimmy Punter, 18, Joel Davison, 17, Rui Buckland, 17, Jack Punter, 17, and Ellis Wilson, 18.
Joel said: “This morning I was sitting in a finance exam. This evening I was playing with Gary Lineker. My day has been made.”