Four in a Bed TV show puts the spotlight on Telford pub

Telford licensees Billy and Tracy Scott put the reputation of their bed and breakfast up for scrutiny when they took part in the television series Four in a Bed.

Landlords of The Queens, Horton, Tracy and Bill Scott
Landlords of The Queens, Horton, Tracy and Bill Scott

This week's episodes sees the couple visit three other bed and breakfast establishments and invited their owners to the Queens at Horton.

While Bill and Tracy are sworn to secrecy about the programme they say the two weeks of filming was fascinating.

It was filmed in September last year, in between lockdowns, while some social distancing was in place.

Retired head of CID in Telford, Bill, and Tracy, whose parents ran pubs in Wolverhampton, Shifnal and Crackley Bank, only took over the management of the Queens in September 2019.

"Mum and dad, Alan and Iris Cattell, were well-known publicans and we had a wonderful life as children growing up in the pubs," Tracy said.

"Now our children, 20-year-old Lucy and 18-year-old twins, George and Edward, love bringing their friends back home."

For the Four in a Bed programmes, Bill and Tracy travelled to Monmouth and Llanelli for the first bed and breakfasts, then welcomed the couples to Telford, before the final filming at a glamping establishment in Wiltshire.

"It was a fantastic experience filming. They were long, long days but the production team really looked after us. we wanted to show The Queens of the best we could and also show people what our area has to offer. While we are in Telford our beer garden looks out over countryside and has wonderful views of the Wrekin," Bill said.

"Our activity gave us a chance to really show Shrewsbury off and it was a lovely day so we could sit in our wonderful beer garden."

They said that all they hoped was that the editing of the filming was not too unkind.

"However we stand by everything we said and we are still in touch with some of the others who took part."

The couple have re-opened their beer garden in line with the relaxation of Covid restrictions.

"We have built a new outside beer, something we always said we would do," Bill said.

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