Centre venue for 'Millionaire' prize

IT might not have been a million pounds but a million points still notched up a first in Harrogate last Friday night.

Leeds accountant Diane Halligan scooped a 35,000 X-type Jaguar when the new show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Live!, came to Harrogate International Centre for a three-night run.

The show has been on tour around the country but it was the first time the contestant “in the hot seat” had won the jackpot.

“It was fantastic and incredible to win,” said Diane afterwards. “I was very nervous in the hot-seat.”

The new show, devised by Celador International who own the rights to the hit TV show, was deemed a huge success despite being in its experimental stage.

A decision will now be taken as to whether it becomes a regular touring show on an annual basis but organisers were delighted with the response and audience turn-out.

About 1,000 people attended on each of the three nights and everyone was able to play along with the game, regardless of whether they made it to the hot seat or not.

And young people could take part too. It meant a particular surprise for teenager Sophie Hudson, who was on holiday from Pudsey at the Rudding Holiday Park.

She won “fastest finger first” and earned herself a DVD, as did her mother Jeanette during a spot prize session later on. It was a triple surprise as, earlier in the day, they had stood behind compere Paul Ross as he shopped with his wife for shoes in Debenhams in Harrogate.!

l Incidentally, that million point question was: Which of these was not a play by Aristophanes? The Birds? The Bees? The Wasps? The Frogs? We’ll leave readers to ponder the answer.