Cleese's views 'out of date'

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 January 2011

John Cleese

John Cleese

JOHN Cleese has taken a swipe at his hometown - but a Weston entrepreneur says the star's comments are out of date.

The former Fawlty Towers and Monty Python star made the remarks about Weston in an interview with the Sunday Express following a recent visit to attend a charity ball on the town’s new Grand Pier.

In the article, the 71-year-old said that he had become disappointed with the town, and that he doesn’t want to return.

But Kerry Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier, said that while the actor’s comments may have been true in the past, they weren’t representative of Weston in 2011.

Mr Cleese said: “I feel a certain disappointment with the town where I grew up. It had become lifeless.”

He added: “It always had its entertainment arcades and fish and chip shops and there was also a part of Weston that had a faded Edwardian elegance. It is so sad. I used to love the town for all its eccentricities and ugliness, but I don’t really want to go back any more.”

Mr Cleese, the star of such hit films as A Fish Called Wanda and Life of Brian, last visited his hometown as the guest of honour at the Axentis Michael memorial ball on November 27, which was organised by Mr Michael and his sister Michelle Michael.

Mr Michael said: “For the first time ever we opened the Grand Pier over Christmas and New Year and we have seen thousands of visitors over the holidays.

“Weston is very much on the up. We are looking to other seafront stakeholders to invest and keep the momentum going.

“Whilst John Cleese’s comments may have rung true in the past, I definitely don’t think they are reflective of the current mood in the town”.

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