Invite for Johnny after Barlow’s jibe

Take That.. Scarborough spa panto producer Tony Peers, right, with the banner he has had made after Gary Barlow's comments. Pictured with him is Stewart Ward, the Spa marketing manager. Below, Gary Barlow and Johnny Robinson
Take That.. Scarborough spa panto producer Tony Peers, right, with the banner he has had made after Gary Barlow's comments. Pictured with him is Stewart Ward, the Spa marketing manager. Below, Gary Barlow and Johnny Robinson
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A SCARBOROUGH show producer has defended the town’s pantomimes following jibes by X-Factor judge Gary Barlow.

A SCARBOROUGH show producer has defended the town’s pantomimes following jibes by X-Factor judge Gary Barlow.

THIS IMAGE IS STRICTLY EMBARGOED 00.01 FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST 2011. ''X FACTOR coming soon to ITV1 and ITV 2''Pictures Shows: GARY BARLOW''Picture Caption: The multi BAFTA-award winning entertainment show returns to our screens for an explosive eighth series. ''This year's exciting new judging panel will hit the road and travel the length and breadth of Britain for live auditions with potential singers.''And, for the first time in the show's history, there will be new opportunities for contestants to enter via Youtube and Facebook (do we want this in?!) as the search for the next singing superstar reaches new levels.''Dermot O'Leary returns to host the proceedings on ITV1 and will be on hand to celebrate with the successful acts and mop up the tears of those who aren't. And ITV2's Xtra Factor will be bringing viewers all the behind the scenes gossip, exclusive interviews with the judges and unforgettable auditions that will make you cry with laughter and cheer on the stars of tomorrow.''Photographer: Nicky Johnsto

THIS IMAGE IS STRICTLY EMBARGOED 00.01 FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST 2011. ''X FACTOR coming soon to ITV1 and ITV 2''Pictures Shows: GARY BARLOW''Picture Caption: The multi BAFTA-award winning entertainment show returns to our screens for an explosive eighth series. ''This year's exciting new judging panel will hit the road and travel the length and breadth of Britain for live auditions with potential singers.''And, for the first time in the show's history, there will be new opportunities for contestants to enter via Youtube and Facebook (do we want this in?!) as the search for the next singing superstar reaches new levels.''Dermot O'Leary returns to host the proceedings on ITV1 and will be on hand to celebrate with the successful acts and mop up the tears of those who aren't. And ITV2's Xtra Factor will be bringing viewers all the behind the scenes gossip, exclusive interviews with the judges and unforgettable auditions that will make you cry with laughter and cheer on the stars of tomorrow.''Photographer: Nicky Johnsto

Take That star Barlow slated Scarborough in front of millions of views, after branding contestant Johnny Robinson’s performance as being akin to “a bad pantomime in Scarborough” during Saturday nights live show.

Following his comments, there was an instant backlash from proud Scarborian’s on twitter, including former contestant Sophia Wardman, who said of the town: “If it’s good enough for Elton John then it should be good enough for him.”

It’s now drew the ire of Scarborough’s pantomime king Tony Peers, who believes the singers comments are unfair.

Speaking to the Evening News, he said: “There’s no such thing as a bad pantomime in Scarborough, both The Spa and the Y.M.C.A put on absolutely fantastic performances every year.

Johnny Robinson

Johnny Robinson

“I think it’s a bit rich of him to have a go at our pantomimes considering he’s a judge on the biggest panto in the entire country.”

Following on from Saturdays comments, contestant Johnny was eliminated from the show after receiving a unanimous vote from the four person judging panel.

Now Mr Peers, who has been putting on theatre shows and pantomimes in Scarborough for decades, has vowed to offer the ousted singer a role in a future production.

And he has also offered to cast Barlow in the role of Simple Simon,

However, Mr Peers insists that he is “totally unfazed” by the comments, and insists, if anything, they have been a blessing in disguise, saying: “It’s given Scarborough priceless publicity, and I’m considering sending Gary a hamper at Christmas to thank him.”

Scarborough Council has also leaped to the defence of the towns proud pantomime past, with Cllr Andrew Jenkinson branding Mr Peers “an ambassador” for Scarborough.

Cllr Jenkinson believes Barlow should be forced to apologise for his comments, and even offered the singer a compromise: “He should be made to come here and put on a free concert at the Open Air Theatre. At the very least he should come and apologise to the town.”

And tourist chiefs from Welcome to Yorkshire have now issued an open invite for Barlow to sample the UK’s third most visited place for himself.

If the singer does take up their offer, it wouldn’t be the first time the singer had visisted Scarborough.

He performed two concerts with Take That in the early nineties at Toffs and at The Bees.

Selected comments from Twitter:

delacycosty1 - Barlow: “wouldn’t dream of saying that about 1 of his acts”. Um, didn’t you say jonny was bad panto opening at Scarborough #xfactor

LiamPLovers - Gary Barlow why insult Scarborough.. our pantomimes are AMAZING!

katie_louise7 - Gary Barlow!!!! What on EARTH is wrong with a panto in Scarborough?? @TheXFactor

naughtie69 - Gary Barlow “U sounded like an opening number in a Scarborough pantomime” .....gggrrrr We LOVE Johnny in Scarborough! x

mollstephenson - Also gary barlow has obviously never been to a pantomime in scarborough as the singing’s much worse than that...

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