Weeton family keep The Masked Singer's Sausage a secret

A Weeton family who were in on one of television’s best kept secrets has brought unexpected rewards for charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 3:45 pm

Mum and son Linda Jane and Jonathan Johnson, who together own the village’s Little Orchard Caravan Park, were approached last summer by the London-based production company

filming the second series of ITV’s popular prime-time Saturday evening show, ‘The Masked Singer’.

In a sequence expected to air this coming Saturday, the crew filmed Sausage – guessed by some to be actress and singer Sheridan Smith – enjoying a holiday barbecue at the

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Sausage from ITV's The Masked Singer Picture: ITV

picturesque 57-pitch countryside park.

As a thank you for permission to use the park for footage, the crew gave Linda Jane and Jonathan £250 but instead of keeping the money, they decided to double it to £500 and donate it

to Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Linda Jane explained two close friends are currently receiving treatment at Rosemere Cancer Centre, Lancashire and South Cumbria’s regional specialist cancer treatment and

Linda Jane Johnson, from Little Orchard Caravan Park in Weeton

radiotherapy centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.

She said: “When the production company first got in touch, I thought it was a joke so we took some convincing!

“After the filming, we were told to say nothing to anyone.

“Although I saw Sausage, I didn’t know who it was.

“The crew was no bother at all but when members offered us the money, we told them we would give it to Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

“One of our friends is currently being treated after being diagnosed with throat and nasal cancer last April, which was a big shock.”

Linda Jane, who was a Shorrock before she married husband Richard, grew up on the land, which was formerly Kirby’s Farm – a working farm belonging to her grandma Jane and grandad

Thomas and then passing to her parents, Bill and Mildred, before she and Jonathan diversified into tourism.

Little Orchard Caravan Park, which is a Visit England, British Holiday Homes and Parks Association and a Camping and Caravan Club listed site, now attracts visitors to the Fylde from

throughout the country and Europe.

The park is the holder of multiple David Bellamy Gold Awards for its commitment to local wildlife

Linda Jane was one of Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s earliest supporters, organising supper dances, whist and domino drives and coach trips to raise funds for the charity when it

launched with the opening of Rosemere Cancer Centre in March 1997.

Episode six of The Masked Singer will be aired tomorrow at 7pm, and will see a double elimination.

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