Benefits Street producer given Valentine’s message by campaign against show

A well-known Stockton singer has delivered a Valentine’s card to a top Benefits Street producer as part of a campaign against the show.

Love Productions’ supremo Kieran Smith was said to be ‘bemused’ by the gesture which was carried out as part of the Positively Stockton-on-Tees campaign, launched as a response to the potentially negative publicity which may brought by the controversial series.

Wildcats of Kilkenny star Mike McGrother delivered the card, containing a simple ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ message, to the Holborn headquarters.

“The whole nature of our response to Love Productions is that we have made a decision to mirror what they do, but as a ‘lovelier’ production,” said Mike.

“They chose to come to our hometown uninvited and work in a way that they choose.

“We are simply starting our response by visiting them uninvited and reminding them, Valentine’s style, that things can be done in a ‘lovelier’ way – and that will continue to underpin our planned response.”

The Positively Stockton-on-Tees campaign was launched in November.

Attention will soon shift to the campaign’s centrepiece event, The Loudest Whisper, which will see a whispered message passed around the entire Borough.

It will take place over the two days of Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 and will also raise money for Comic Relief.

People across the region and beyond are being encouraged to show their love for the Borough by sharing photographs, videos and stories.

Source –  Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, 14 Feb 2015

 

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