As part of a campaign hosted by Welsh brewer and pub operator Brains. A hunt has been launched to find the best local legends at pubs across the country. Voting for the competition is now open to all Welsh residents, who can select their favourite candidate from the Brains website. Best act quickly though as voting closes at the end of July, with the final winner announced mid-August.
Derek Alexander, 72, is the resident bingo caller at a clubhouse in St Mary’s Well Bay Caravan Park, near Penarth, where he’s had a caravan for the past 12 years. He and nine other nominees have been carefully selected based on their fame and reputation in their local community.
When asked how he felt about his nomination, Derek said: “I was delighted when I found out I had been nominated as a Real Welsh Legend. I’ve been calling the bingo at the clubhouse for years, and I’ve always had my own style. When I call out number 59 all the ladies go ‘ooo’, and I usually say ‘I haven’t had women ooo at me for years’. It’s always good fun.”
Neighbor Rachel Williams, also from St Mary’s Well Bay Caravan Park, confirms that “Derek is a true legend to us at the caravan park. He puts a smile on everyone’s face on a Saturday when he calls the bingo, and is quick to tell a joke or two.”
As another benefit of this great award, every finalist including Derek is invited to star in Brain’s next advertising campaign. They also have the chance to win a series of prizes, such as having the local pub named after them, their own allocated seat at the bar and free beer for a year.
Plus, the 1st place winner will also receive two rugby tickets for a Wales home match in 2015 or 2016 (subject to availability). They will also have the chance to brew their very own beer in conjunction with Brains’ Head Brewer, and will be a minimum of one brew.
Bruce Newman, head of marketing at SA Brain & Co Ltd said: “Our Real Welsh Legends campaign was designed to discover the true legends that we know are in our pubs and local communities. We all know a person who is part of the furniture in your local pub or always has a joke to tell. We wanted to celebrate these legends and share their stories. The campaign has revealed that Wales really is home to some great legends. We wish Derek luck as well as the other shortlisted finalists and no doubt his local community will support him.”
Other nominees include John Parsons, 74, from Cardiff, who has been quizmaster at the Birchgrove pub for 26 years. Careful – he’s not afraid to crack the whip if he sees someone in the corner Googling answers! Then there is Andrew, 51, the local magician from Milford Haven. Known to the patrons as ‘Andy Mac’, he amazes fellow pub-goers with his disappearing coin tricks and card stunts.