A WHITLEY Bay café has landed a starring role on television.
The Rendezvous Café features in a prime-time advertising campaign being run by fuel firm BP to highlight its sponsorship of this year’s London Olympics.
Shot in March and directed by Benito Montorio, the advert stars Una Bird, a chorister and tea lady.
The ex-sports teacher’s role in the ad follows her performance as part of a choir to welcome the Olympic torch relay to her home town of Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire a few weeks back.
“The new campaign is a celebration of every individual making a significant contribution to the success of London 2012 in the run-up to the games and builds on this growing excitement and anticipation,” said a BP spokesman.
“We discussed various types of location and decided that we would like a coastal location.
“Whitley Bay came back as the best option for both our wide shot of the beach and the inside shots in the café.”
Café owner Tiz Weepers added: “They wanted a traditional seaside cafe, so they picked us. The jist of it, as far as I could tell, is that you’re prepared for anything if you’ve had a nice cup of tea.
“At the time, I couldn’t work out what it was going to look like and I couldn’t see what it could have to do with the Olympics.
“We were expecting some athletes to turn up, so were a bit puzzled at first by Una being in it.”
Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead and heptathlete Jessica Ennis appear in other scenes in the ad, shot in locations including London and the Peak District.
The ad and a short film about the Whitley Bay shoot can be seen at www.bplondon 2012.com