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The Only Way is... Rayleigh
THE cast of Essex-based reality TV show the Only Way IsEssex filmed scenes at a bar in Rayleigh.
Bar Blanco, in Eastwood Road, owned by cast member Ricky Rayment, saw film crews take over the place from 3pm until midnight on Sunday.
Danny Salmon, co-owner of the bar, said: “Quite a few of the cast were there, including Lucy Mecklenburgh, Chloe Sims, and Frankie Essex. We made food for the cast while they were filming, and Tom Pearce, Joey Essex and Diags had some.
“While they’re filming I tend to go out the back. I don’t hang around and watch what’s being said. As long as the bar looks clean and tidy, I’m happy!”
The bar has been a popular site for filming of the ITV show, which is now in its tenth series.
Danny said: “We’ve had filming at the bar about seven or eight times in the past, and we’ve been on the show about five or six times. Because it’s Ricky’s bar, they come up quite a bit, although the filming doesn’t always make the cut.
“It’s not scripted at all, they’re just told to meet in a certain place and they film what happens and what they’re all talking about.”
Danny says the bar is a regular haunt for many of the cast members.
He added: “Quite a lot of them come and socialise during the week and at weekends.
They’re all very down-to-earth and normal.”
“There were no dramas this time as far as I know, although a surprise guest walked in right at the very end – but I can’t say who that is!”
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