Gloria Johnson’s dream of appearing on TV comes true
A PLUCKY care home resident braved a blind date live on TV after clinching a chance to appear on the Paul O’Grady Show.
Gloria Johnson, 79, who lives at Corner House care home in Clacton, rubbed shoulders with the stars and even shared a dance with the host on his ITV show.
She went to London to take part in the special blind date feature.
Care Home bosses in Clacton had been contacted to see if residents were interested in taking part in the show. Gloria volunteered and had an interview with producers before being told on Monday she would feature on the following days programme.
She travelled to London for the day with care home activities co ordinator Tracy Jokso, who said: “It was a brilliant day – they treated her like a star”. The feature was like a comedy take on Blind Date where they had to answer questions about themselves.
“Gloria absolutely loved it and even got to have a dance with Paul O’Grady on live television. I’m surprised she hasn’t been given her own slot on the show!
It was her dream to be on TV and now she has achieved that".
“Afterwards, Gloria said she felt like she couldn’t go outside without people recognising her.”
Back in Clacton, the other Corner House residents gathered for a special tea party while watching Gloria’s screen debut.
Corner House director Rahul Jagota said: “The show contacted us and asked if anyone wanted to go on for a special feature.”
“It was set up to show that people can live and enjoy themselves no matter how old they are or where they live.
“Gloria had an interview and was picked to do it. She was flattered and excited, as well as a bit nervous". “The whole home was excited for her. Everyone loved seeing her on screen.”