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10.09.03

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The nation votes for Llanelly House


Restoration results from ninth programme revealed


Speaking from the Tower of London, Griff Rhys Jones last night (Tuesday) revealed that the nation had chosen Llanelly House in Llanelli to be the ninth building to go through to the final of the BBC TWO series Restoration - winning over 39% of the votes from viewers.


Last Friday (5 September) the ninth programme of the ten-part series featured three Welsh buildings.


Griff called on viewers to choose between Llanelly House and two other buildings - Vaynol Old Hall in Gwynedd and Amlwch Port and Parys Mountain in Anglesey.


Information on all three buildings is available through the website on www.bbc.co.uk/restoration.


Llanelly House was at the cutting edge of architectural design when it was built in 1714 and an impressive status symbol of power and wealth for the tiny fishing town.


Commissioned by the town's leading family - the Stepneys - this house has been sadly neglected and is now in a dilapidated condition with its glories boarded up.

Last night's result means Llanelly House becomes one of ten buildings to be featured in the live final at the Tower of London on Sunday (14 September) at 9.00 pm on BBC TWO.


Here a nationwide vote will decide which building should be given a new lease of life with money raised throughout the course of the series.


Jennifer Stewart, Heritage Lottery Fund Manager for Wales, said: "The restoration of Llanelly House, one of the finest early Georgian townhouses, will be an exciting project - not only to restore the building but to find it a long-term use which has meaning for the area.


"It encapsulates one of the Heritage Lottery Fund's main aims which is to open up our heritage for everyone to enjoy.


"We've pledged £3 million to The Restoration Fund, it's now up to the public to decide which building wins the final."


Last night three more buildings were featured for viewers to choose between, all from the South East of England - Wiltons Music Hall in East London; Broomfield House in Enfield and Darnley Mausoleum in Cobham, Kent.




The results from this programme - and the complete list of ten buildings to go through to the Restoration Final - will be announced on Thursday (11 September).


Restoration is produced by Endemol UK Productions for BBC Scotland transmitting on BBC TWO.


Notes to Editors


At the Restoration Final on Sunday the votes cast in previous shows will not be carried forward.


This is to help ensure the competition is as fair as possible to each of the 10 finalists.


Restoration website


Kate Humble helps viewers vote in Restoration final (08.09.03)


The nation votes for Wentworth (05.09.03)


The nation votes for Kinloch Castle (03.09.03)


The nation votes for Bethesda Chapel (29.08.03)


The nation votes for Lissan House (27.08.03)


The nation votes for Poltimore House (22.08.03)


The nation votes for Mavisbank (20.08.03)


Heritage Lottery Fund pledges £3m to Restoration (19.08.03)


The nation votes for Greyfriars Tower (16.08.03)


The nation votes for Victoria Baths (13.08.03)


Restoration required across the UK (08.08.03)


Restoration - press pack (18.07.03)


Restoration - saving Britain's heritage (19.03.03)


BBC TWO viewers vote to save our national heritage (09.07.02)


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