DJs get cream tea treat

PUBLISHED: 17:29 07 October 2010

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Marconie with Otterton mill owners Simon and Caroline Spiller.

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Marconie with Otterton mill owners Simon and Caroline Spiller.


BBC Radio Two DJs Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie were treated to a surprise roadside cream tea from Otterton Mill during their week-long Jurassic Coast trek.

Otterton Mill owners Caroline and Simon Spiller surprised them on the final five-mile coastal stretch from Sidmouth to the River Otter last Thursday.

The DJs and their entourage were greeted at the river’s White Bridge crossing by an impromptu café with table, chairs and parasol, plus freshly baked scones, jam, cream and cups of tea.

After they had eaten, the duo headed into Budleigh Salterton and on to Exmouth, from where they broadcast the final live evening show of the adventure.

Simon said “It was great fun meeting Mark and Stuart; we were delighted to have the opportunity to share a cream tea with them. They gave a wonderful plug for the mill and our cream teas on the show from Exmouth that evening, which was broadcast to millions.”

Having tackled Hadrian’s Wall last year, Mark and Stuart decided to sample the 95 miles of Jurassic coastline on the South West Coast Path for their 2010 challenge.

They were keen to try local food and drink along the way and made four live broadcasts, from Lyme Regis, Beer, Sidmouth and Exmouth, including live music and audio postcards from the coast path.

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