BB star bedazzled by Millennium magic
30th June 2011, 12:28 pm By Principality Stadium
Former Big Brother contestant Glyn Wise joined pupils from Glyncollen Primary School at the Millennium Stadium for an extra special tour of the multi-event venue, ahead of Wales’ summer rugby internationals.
The former reality TV star joined the school children to explore the world’s finest rugby stadium before meeting with Millennium Stadium tour guide Gareth Bale for a unique masterclass on the art of becoming a tour leader.
Glyn, who famously learned to cook an egg for the first time live on Channel 4's ‘Big Brother 7’, was set the unique challenge by co-presenter Magi Dodd for this evening’s BBC Radio Cymru ‘Dodd Com’ show.
And Welsh-speaking actor and Millennium Stadium tour guide, Gareth, originally from Ynysmeudwy in Swansea, was on hand to share the tricks of the trade before Glyn attempted to deliver his own tour and discovered that he too would like to work at the Millennium Stadium.
“I’ve really enjoyed becoming a tour guide for the day at the Millennium Stadium,” said Glyn.
“The Stadium has so much to see and has such a great story to tell that I think everyone should come and enjoy the experience that I’ve enjoyed along with the children from Glyncollen Primary School.
“The highlight for me was definitely the Ray Gravell press conference suite which was amazing and I also got to see the changing rooms, run down the players’ tunnel and learn about how players are awarded caps for their international appearances.
“Gareth has been an excellent teacher and I think that if I work on my ability to retain facts and figures I would love to have a job here!”
A tour conductor for seven years at the venue which welcomes over 40,000 tourist from all over the world each year to the guided tour, Gareth Bale trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and has featured recently in BBC1’s ‘Indian Doctor’ as Alun and as Iestyn in 'Pobol Y Cwm' for S4C.
“I have been here for seven years in September and I still thoroughly enjoy my role as a tour guide at the Millennium Stadium,” he said.
“It’s great to come here and do the tours alongside the other work that I do. I have always found this enjoyable and I never get tired of meeting people from all over the world and seeing how people react to the place that I call work!
“The Millennium Stadium tour experience continues to wow all our visitors including Glyn and the children from Swansea who have seen the stadium on TV or visited as a sports fan but going behind-the-scenes is something very special.
“I’m not surprised that Glyn wants my job,” he joked. “He performed very well as a tour guide but my advice would be that it is vitally important to have a good head for facts and figures at the Millennium Stadium. As the venue continues to add to its long list of world-class events, it’s essential to keep facts up to date.”
Stadium tours run daily from the WRU’s Cardiff Arms Store & Cafe Bar on 8 Westgate Street (situated between Gates 3 & 4). To find out more and to book tickets, visit the Millennium Stadium website link: www.millenniumstadium.com/tours