Owner of Amber Guest House in Cleethorpes proud of TV appearance
A CLEETHORPES guesthouse owner hopes her appearance on a hit TV show today will showcase the resort to a national audience.
Gill Borg Fenech, owner of the Amber Guest House, in Grant Street, features in Channel 4's Four In A Bed.
The episode at 5pm, shows the 47-year-old welcoming three other accommodation providers, each secretly paying what they think is a fair amount for their stay.
Gill does not know exactly what will be aired but the TV listing states: "An afternoon of fairground fun turns fighty and some harsh feedback leaves the host feeling sad."
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She said: "I applied to Four In A Bed never thinking I would get through. When I qualified, I couldn't believe it. Not only am I getting my guesthouse on the map but also Cleethorpes and all that it has to offer."
The Amber Guest House went up against 13th Century Surrey hall, Taylor's Farm Retreat, Portsmouth's funky G Boutique and Bedford's gastro pub and guesthouse The Knife And Cleaver.
Gill – who was nicknamed Mrs Bleach by the other contestants – appeared on the show with Phyllis O'Connell, from Cleethorpes shop O'Connell Equestrian.
The mother-of-two continued: "I was outclassed in the competition and was put in just to be the mad woman that I am.
"I was up against a boutique, a retreat and a massive gastro pub, but I showed how I do everything on my own. I do the washing, the ironing, the cleaning, the cooking whereas the other three have staff.
"Being on the show was funny. There were lots of fun and frolicks in Cleethorpes, which is what the town is all about. I feel I have put Cleethorpes on the map and I am proud of that."
Appearing on the show was not only about boosting Gill's business and the resort, but it marked the end of a personal struggle after suffering a difficult childhood.
Although declining to go into details, she said: "Appearing on TV made me feel like everything I have been through is behind me now.
"I now own a lovely guest house in Cleethorpes and I am doing well. I have survived everything. I am proof that with the right people in your life you can get through it.
"I still have my ups and downs but ultimately things can only get better for me."
It is the third time a local guesthouse has appeared on the show. It has previously featured Wold View House, near Tealby, and the Pack Horse, in Louth.
The winner of the show will be crowned at the end of Friday's episode at 5pm.