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Dr Who is believed to be heading to Lincolnshire for its 60th anniversary special after Belton House’s upcoming closure for filming sparked excitement for fans of the TV show.

Belton House near Grantham recently confirmed its estate will be closed between July 17-21 and August 1-6 for “filming”, while the mansion will be shut between July 17 and August 19.

Although the exact nature of the filming hasn’t be officially confirmed, a popular fan page – Doctor Who Page – with over 50,000 followers was among the sources to say: “Filming on the 60th anniversary is rumoured to be taking place at Belton House in the coming weeks.”

A spokesperson for Belton House said: “I can understand some people not liking the timing of the closure but it will bring in extra money to help keep Belton house running. We can’t disclose any further information about the filming at this time.”

It is rumoured that the opening episode of the 60th anniversary series will be shown on New Year’s Day 2023, which will see the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate who previously played the Doctor and his assistant.

Jodie Whittaker returns as the thirteenth doctor for the three episodes with the final special set to be the last one featuring her in the role. Actor Ncuti Gatwa will make his debut as the fourteenth doctor after Jodie Whittaker.

A lot of fans are hoping the original writer of the new generation of show – Russell T Davies – will return Dr Who to its roots and give it new energy following criticism over the most recent series’.

There is speculation that Belton House could be used as a haunted house after Davies posted a ghost emoji on a post about the show.

 

Tributes have been paid to former BBC Look North presenter and nationally-adored journalist Harry Gration, following his death at the age of 71.

Gration joined regional news programme Look North in 1982, covering the big news in the Yorkshire and Greater Lincolnshire areas right up until his final broadcast in 2020.

His impressive career spans over 40 years in journalism and broadcasting, as he covered major sporting events such as England cricket matches, the Olympic Games, and even worked as a reporter on Match of the Day.

Harry Gration covered Yorkshire and Lincolnshire during his journalism career. | Photo: BBC Look North

Harry was awarded an MBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting, before his sudden and sad passing on Friday, June 24.

Tributes flooded in for the iconic broadcaster, with East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire’s Look North presenter Peter Levy saying: “You can tell by the number of messages how much he was loved.”

Harry served on BBC Look North right up until 2020, when he announced his retirement. | Photo: BBC Look North

Messages came from the likes of James O’Brien on LBC, former BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and his Look North colleagues.

Harry Gration’s name became synonymous with the region he represented and reported on, widely regarded as one of the finest journalists of his era.

A Lincoln man said he “loved being on the show” after being among the people lucky enough to be involved when Stephen Mulhern filmed ITV’s ‘In For A Penny’ in the city this week.

In For A Penny sees television presenter Stephen Mulhern hit the streets with his pop-up gameshow, where unsuspecting members off the public take on a challenge and compete for a cash prize.

Stephen was in Lincoln filming on Wednesday and Thursday, June 8 and 9, and was spotted in locations including the Brayford, Lincoln Castle, a local car park, and local coffee shop Thomas2, which is located on St Swithins Square.

Stephen was caught on camera during the filming at the retail park car park on Tritton Road in Lincoln. | Photo: Leslie Wood

Leslie Wood, a site cleaner for a local retail park, was among a group being filmed for the show at the Tritton Road retail park, near where ASDA Living is located.

Leslie The Lincolnite: “There was a group of five of us in the end. We were all in high-vis and had to introduce ourselves as this new band called the ‘High Vizzers’. We had to all get into a car which had cameras in it and park it in a parking space while chatting amongst ourselves.

“There was one other guy in a high-vis before I arrived on set and he was introduced to me as my long lost brother, so I had to ask him a few times for the camera ‘are you really my brother?’

“We never won anything but it was fun anyway. I loved being on the show and enjoyed being part of it. I thought what we were doing was absolutely hilarious.”

Television presenter Stephen Mulhern was in Lincoln filming for ITV’s ‘In For A Penny’. | Photo: Leslie Wood

A group were told to introduce themselves as a new band called the ‘High Vizzers’. | Photo: Leslie Wood

He added that he was told the show will air next spring.

At the same location, Leslie’s friend Chantelle Thomas met the TV star with her daughter, describing Stephen as a “lovely” man.

Chantelle Thomas and her daughter met Stephen Mulhern in the Tritton Road retail park. | Photo: Chantelle Thomas

Mandy Turrell (left) with her sister Debbie (right) met Stephen Mulhern (centre) near the Cathedral and said “he was very pleasant and friendly, and also very funny, and such a fantastic character”. | Photo: Mandy Turrell

Stephen also stopped at local family-run coffee shop Thomas2 to do some filming on Wednesday, June 8 before having lunch to takeaway from the same local business on Thursday.

The coffee shop’s co-owner Jo Thomas told The Lincolnite: “He was a lovely, funny bloke and we had a great time. I’m looking forward to seeing the episode.”

Jo Thomas, co-owner of Thomas2, loved meeting Stephen Mulhern who enjoyed getting his lunch from the local family-run coffee shop. | Photo: Jo Thomas

Stephen Mulhern filming ITV’s ‘In For A Penny’ near Lincoln Cathedral. | Photo: Will Shearer

Local man Will Shearer also caught footage of the filming taking place near Lincoln Cathedral while walking on his way to work.

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Earlier in the day, Stephen Mulhern appeared on camera in a light-hearted exchange on Brayford Wharf North with a ‘fan’.

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