Roger makes a splash on screen

Roger the goldfish and Michael Benson - hotel pub manager for Rogerthorpe Manor, star in a new tv advert for best Western hotels.'p306a240
Roger the goldfish and Michael Benson - hotel pub manager for Rogerthorpe Manor, star in a new tv advert for best Western hotels.'p306a240

A BADSWORTH hotel’s pet goldfish has proved any fin is possible after starring in a new TV advert.

Famous fish Roger – who lives in reception at Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel – was filmed last month for the ten-second clip advertising Best Western Hotels, which sponsors the television channel Dave.

The Thorpe Lane hotel’s pub manager Michael Benson – who also appears in the advert – said: “I thought the idea for the advert was brilliant, but I was upstaged by a goldfish!

“They say never work with animals and they were right, this was my first time acting but I think if I did it again I wouldn’t want a script, I’d like to have a bit more freedom to say what I want.”

The three-month-old goldfish caught the eye of Best Western Hotel’s PR team, who cast him in the advert, after large numbers of hotel guests started booking him to stay in their rooms.

Richard Metcalfe, managing director, said: “Best Western reps visit us once a month and when they heard about Roger and how popular he was they had the idea to put him in their sponsor adverts on Dave.

“He’s now booked two years in advance for guests, some want to have him in their room on the night of their wedding and other book him for the children to enjoy.

“He’s on the front page of our website and people know about him now, there is only one Roger.”

To watch the advert, search for Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel and The Jacobean Pub on Facebook.