Bill Greeno, one of the
duelling pianists at Coventry bar Jumpin Jaks, found himself in
a battle of a different sort recently when he invited the BBC
Groundforce team into his home.
had asked the team to come and help him give his Essex garden a
facelift, but ended up in the middle of a war of words between
hosts Alan Titchmarsh and Tommy Walsh.
The team, which also
includes Charlie Dimmock, set about building a water feature and
three separate landscaped areas in just two days, whilst
Greeno's wife Carole was visiting her parents in Newcastle.
With time running short
the pressure was on to complete the work before Carole returned,
and as tempers frayed there was a dust up between Titchmarsh and
Walsh who began to size each other up.
"It was coming
toward the end of the second day and the pressure was really
on to get the garden finished.
had completed the segment of garden he was working on and had
hosed the area down to clean it off, meanwhile Tommy was
sawing wood to complete the decking steps he was building.
"The wind caught
the sawdust and blew it all over Alan's finished area and he
became quite irate, telling Tommy to 'knock it on the head'.
absolutely fuming and simply threw down his tools and, using a
series of expletives explained to Alan he could do it himself
and promptly walked out.
"At first I thought it was a staged argument for a bit of
fun on the show, but when Tommy walked out and then didn't
reappear I realised they were having a very real argument.
reappeared and finished his work but the atmosphere was still
quite tense - but once the garden was done they made up and
Tommy even apologised to Alan over drinks once it was all
believe that they nearly came to blows over my garden!
It was quite a weekend.
“I am used to an
entertaining time at Jaks when I play every weekend - but this
was a show stopper I would have been proud of."
The episode of
Groundforce featuring Bill Greeno and the 'duelling gardeners'
will be shown tonight at 8pm on BBC1.
Meanwhile Bill will be
back in action at the keyboard later this month.