Arbroath attractions light up US TV

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ARBROATH finally got its starring role on American TV on Monday night when the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson featuring the town was aired.

The episode saw Scottish-born Craig interview First Minister Alex Salmond outside the Abbey as well as chat to actress Rashida Jones at the beach.

There was also airtime for Kerr’s Miniature Railway and a visit to Bill Spink’s Smokies shop.

The programme was part of the Late Late Show’s Scottish week, with other towns and cities across Scotland being featured on the show.

The executive producer of the Late Late Show, Michael Naidius, accompanied Craig Ferguson to Arbroath for filming earlier this year.

And he couldn’t praise Arbroath or its people enough.

He told the Herald: “My colleagues and I had a lovely visit to Arbroath during our time filming in Scotland earlier this spring

“We were treated beautifully by everyone we encountered at the Abbey, in town, and along the beach and harbour areas – all of which hold very fond memories for Craig Ferguson, who visited Arbroath often with his family during his childhood.

“We’re very pleased, and proud, of the material we filmed in the area, which aired this week on CBS here in the United States.

“Segments filmed in Arbroath aired every night on our show, but of particular note was Tuesday night.

“It included Craig Ferguson’s discussion of the Abbey, his conversation with the First Minister, an interview with the talented actress, Rashida Jones, on the beach in Arbroath, a look at Kerr’s Miniature Railway, and Craig’s visit to Bill Spink’s famous Smokies shop.

“Please pass along our thanks to everyone in your beautiful city who helped make this show possible.”

And with the town gaining massive exposure in the US, it is hoped tourism in the town will benefit.