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    I’m A Celebrity’s iconic phone box is delivered to Gwrych Castle… as the mud-splattered prop completes its journey from the Australian jungle to the Welsh countryside 

    The iconic I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! telephone box has arrived on set at Gwrych Castle ahead of the relocated 2020 series.

    The famous phone booth, usually found overlooking the camp in the Australian jungle where the show normally takes place, landed safe and sound at the new Welsh location, splattered with mud as always.

    The prop is used on the show for campmates to win treats by answering a question during the Dingo Dollar challenges.

    Delivery: The iconic I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! telephone box has arrived on set at Gwrych Castle ahead of the relocated 2020 series

    It’s unsure how it will factor into this year’s series, with Dingo Dollars potentially not featuring at all due to the lack of Aussie wildlife this year.

    Speaking to North Wales Live, a bystander who took snaps of the phone box being delivered said: ‘I’ve never watched the show before. It was just that someone who I was with yesterday said, “look at that telephone box, that will probably be the one they’ll use on the show”.’

    He told how production crews also appear to be gathering pace at the historical site, where the series will be filmed this year.

    ‘It seems to be well underway now, it’s unbelievable – it seems to be a very big set up,” he said. ‘They’ve been building huge tenting areas, cranes have been at the castle for a number of weeks now and there’s a constant stream of vehicles going up there.

    Working hard: A huge crane and various crew vehicles are also still on site as the production team continue to work hard to get the new set ready in time for a November air date

    Working hard: A huge crane and various crew vehicles are also still on site as the production team continue to work hard to get the new set ready in time for a November air date

    On location: The prop is used on the show for campmates to win treats by answering a question during the Dingo Dollar challenges

    On location: The prop is used on the show for campmates to win treats by answering a question during the Dingo Dollar challenges

    ‘Some of the structures being built there are huge – I believe, and this is only hearsay, that they’ll be used for the production and editing studios.’

    He added: ‘I can’t see what’s going on in the castle itself, but I can see they’ve put plastic roofs on a lot of the castle building.’

    Asked whether he will be watching this year, the man – who chose not to be named – said: ‘Well, I presume so. It’s got to be good publicity for North Wales, and it will certainly be good publicity for Abergele.

    ‘But I suppose it’s happened at the wrong time, because of COVID – people just can’t come.

    Hold the line: The famous phone booth is usually found overlooking the camp in the Australian jungle where the show normally takes place

    Hold the line: The famous phone booth is usually found overlooking the camp in the Australian jungle where the show normally takes place

    TBC: It's unsure how it will factor into this year's series, with Dingo Dollars potentially not featuring at all due to the lack of Aussie wildlife this year

    TBC: It’s unsure how it will factor into this year’s series, with Dingo Dollars potentially not featuring at all due to the lack of Aussie wildlife this year

    ‘Prior to this lockdown, before the castle shut, there was a never-ending stream of visitors to Gwrych Castle, I’ve never seen as many people visiting. I think it will bring a lot of people to the area in future.’

    Earlier this month it was claimed crew members had to spend a weekend drying out Gwrych Castle after it became flooded when it was battered by torrential rain.

    Aerial shots released recently showed that the building appears to have finally dried out as work is once again underway as of Sunday, after the brutal weather led to some damage to the Abergele castle in North Wales.

    While the weather appears to have gotten better, contestants are likely to have a tough three weeks ahead of them during their stay as more bad weather has been predicted for the area.

    An eyewitness said: 'Some of the structures being built there are huge - I believe, and this is only hearsay, that they'll be used for the production and editing studios'

    An eyewitness said: ‘Some of the structures being built there are huge – I believe, and this is only hearsay, that they’ll be used for the production and editing studios’

    A huge crane and various crew vehicles are also still on site as the production team continue to work hard to get the new set ready in time for a November air date. 

    An array of large tents have been set up along the perimeter of the set, which seemed to be a good spot for staff to hide away if the weather took another turn for the worse.

    While the studio area remained covered for when the show begins filming, the castles many turrets and halls are still uncovered despite the recent floods.

    In the town of Abergele the residents appear to be very excited for the show to start shooting, as several pub and shop windows were adorned with welcome signs to contestants and co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, including a display that featured inflatable kangaroos.  

    According to The Sun, parts of the new set at the castle were left soaked and the crew spent much of the weekend trying to get the place back in shape.  

    They added: 'I've never watched the show before. It was just that someone who I was with yesterday said, "look at that telephone box, that will probably be the one they'll use on the show"'

    They added: ‘I’ve never watched the show before. It was just that someone who I was with yesterday said, “look at that telephone box, that will probably be the one they’ll use on the show”‘

    A source said: ‘The crew are working around the clock as it is. But because of the dreadful weather they spent much of the weekend trying to remove standing water from areas of the building.

    ‘They’re now trying to work out a way to make sure that, if there’s bad weather when the show airs in November, it doesn’t affect filming.

    ‘The jungle set was fine when it rained as there was natural drainage and streams. But an ancient castle with no proper piping systems is a whole different story.’

    The source added that the torrential rainfall has turned into a ‘headache’ for the crew trying to get the castle ready in time for the celebrities to move in.

    A representative for I’m A Celebrity declined to comment when contacted by MailOnlie.  

    It comes after Bear Grylls warned I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestants that they will face ‘brutal’ weather and potentially even snow on the upcoming series of the ITV show.

    Waterlogged: Earlier this month it was claimed crew members had to spend a weekend drying out Gwrych Castle after it became flooded [pictured: co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly]

    Waterlogged: Earlier this month it was claimed crew members had to spend a weekend drying out Gwrych Castle after it became flooded [pictured: co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly]

    First look: ITV dropped the first teaser for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! 2020 on Saturday

    First look: ITV dropped the first teaser for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2020 on Saturday

    The TV survival expert, 46, has said this year’s series could provide campmates with their toughest challenge yet.

    He said the celebrities, who will enter the castle in November, could have to deal with gale-force winds, rain and even snow during filming.  

    The former SAS trooper – who has organised survival academies in nearby Snowdonia – told The Star: ‘The bad weather in Wales will be brutal.

    ‘You get persistent wind and rain and that makes people cold fast. Contestants should not underestimate it.’

    Long-range forecasts predict temperatures could plunge below zero in the area, with experts telling The Star that there could be winds of 35 mph on some days.

    ITV have been contacted for a comment by MailOnline. 

    Amusing: In the trailer a black cab pulls up in the middle of nowhere in the Welsh countryside, Ant remarks, as he steps out of the cab: 'Ah it's great to be back Down Under!'

    Cash to burn: 'Don't spend it all at once!' says Ant as he pays the cabbie – in dingo dollars

    Amusing: In the trailer a black cab pulls up in the middle of nowhere in the Welsh countryside, Ant remarks, as he steps out of the cab: ‘Ah it’s great to be back Down Under!’

    In for the long haul? I'm A Celebrity could be filmed in the UK for two years if coronavirus travel restrictions remain in place, it has been claimed

    In for the long haul? I’m A Celebrity could be filmed in the UK for two years if coronavirus travel restrictions remain in place, it has been claimed

    Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly recently shared footage of themselves caught in a rainstorm at the show’s new home in North Wales.

    Ant, 44, and Dec, 45, took to Instagram to share the amusing video of themselves walking through the wet grounds of Gwrych Castle

    Work has continued at the castle amid claims last week that the show is ‘under threat’ due to new lockdown rules in Wales. 

    New restrictions came into force at 6pm on 1 October 2020 and will be kept under review. These include people unable to leave or enter the Conwy County Borough area or be in a ‘bubble’ with extended household members (people you don’t live with) without a ‘reasonable excuse’.  

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