Chipping Norton was gobsmacked when Dame Edna Everage showed up in our campaign HQ waving her gladioli and demanding to know how she could help us become best market town in the Great British High Street Awards.
Having been told by Barry Humphries that our much-loved Chippy was all out to win, nothing could stop the Megalicious Dame from throwing her heart and soul into our campaign.
The Moonee Ponds megastar housewife boarded a Boeing Dreamliner before you could blow a kiss, dropping everything to get here and do her bit for our cause. Such was her haste, she arrived from Melbourne with nothing more than suspenders, spare glasses and a bunch of plastic gladdies for company.
After enjoying a refreshing lager in The Chequers, Edna took a turn behind the bar serving pints for the locals (pictured above). She proved to have surprising dexterity in the pulling department, delighting everyone with her supple wrist action.
Nothing like the Dame
It is not the first time Dame Edna has interrupted her busy schedule to help the people of Chipping Norton. In January, she stood alongside Prime Minister and local MP David Cameron in a stirring call to arms to boost business and engage residents in ECN’s unique town project.
To honour her unexpected visit this week, the ECN team rigged up a stage in the town square where crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of her wig and enjoy an impromptu concert. Edna sang a rousing chorus of ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ before launching straight into ‘We are the Champions”.
With the crowd moved to tears, Dame Edna dispensed yellow and purple gladioli with a surprisingly powerful throw. Rumour has it Shane Warne gave special coaching in honour of the occasion.
The audience was clearly putty in the Dame’s hands by the time she addressed the enraptured citizens of Chipping Norton.
“When I heard you were shortlisted to win Market Town of the Year in the Great British High Street Awards, I knew I had to drop in. In fact, it was that elder statesman of Oz – Mr Barry Humphries himself – who said to me: ‘Edna? Do your duty. The home country needs you. Think of all those home countrymen just itching to grasp your gladioli’,” Edna told the crowd.
You can see why Edna has made a name for herself as one of the world’s top motivational speakers. This glorious bonding session was followed by a whirlwind tour of Chippy attractions, captured in our images. All frocks were kindly supplied by Chippy frock shops.
Despite having a little trouble remembering our name, the Dame did her utmost to spruik the #Chippy2Win campaign. Now she is aware she can VOTE EVERY DAY WITH EVERY EMAIL ADDRESS until November 13, she has enough email accounts to add thousands to our tally.
The Dame is making a habit of being linked to Chipping Norton this year. She was seriously considered as a replacement for Jeremy Clarkson when he vacated the Top Gear driving seat. Then a Chipping Norton resident infiltrated one of Edna’s Sydney shows, as ECN reported in May.
The Dame’s lightning tour this time lasted only 12 hours, before the Dreamliner whisked her away again. Thanks for helping us fulfil our own dream, Dame Edna. We’ll never forget you!