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ITV prepare I’m A Celeb campmates for Welsh chill with new warmed-up wardrobe

THIS year’s I’m A Celeb hopefuls have a whole new wardrobe to ward off the cold.

Instead of shorts, vests and sun hats, the stars will be kitted out with thick gilets, jackets, trousers and woolly hats.

ITV chiefs came up with the outfits to protect the celebs from bitter conditions expected during filming.

Instead of the 30C (86F) temperatures usually seen in Australia, they face around 11C (52F) in North Wales.

Stars including EastEnders actress Jessica Plummer, 28, TV host Vernon Kay, 46, Olympian Sir Mo Farah, 37, and soap star Shane Richie, 56, have already been measured up for their gear.

It comes after The Sun told how the camp — at Gwrych Castle in Abergele — would have a roof and heating for the first time.

A source said: “ITV are being careful that it doesn’t seem like a holiday camp, but it’s not going to be.

“They have a duty to keep their campmates warm and alive, but rest assured it’s still going to be a rather uncomfortable, cold, damp, few weeks for those who go the distance.”

This year’s I’m A Celebrity is based in Britain due to coronavirus restrictions.

Ant and Dec return as hosts for the expected start on November 15.

The set at the previously derelict 200-year-old castle will include familiar features such as the central camp fire, congregation and task areas, and an outside loo.

ITV has carried out work at the castle to make it safe and will use generators for light and heat, as well as supplying a water tank.

The castle’s owners now hope to crowdfund £50,000 to restore electricity for the first time since the 1980s.

But they have so far only been pledged £280.

The online plea says: “We need your help to enable us to finally blow out the candles and bring light back to Gwrych Castle for the first time since the 1980s!

“Join us in making a difference to a treasured piece of Welsh heritage, where your donation will help us to get mains water and power back to the site.

“This is a major step to bring the castle back to life.

“Help us turn on the taps and lights again by donating and sharing this page.

“The welcomed addition of I’m A Celebrity has helped to carry out urgent works.

“However, they will be using generators and water tanks. For the castle to move forward long term, we need to connect to main supplies once again.”

Other celebs lined up for this year’s contest include Corrie star Beverley Callard, 63, West End actress, singer and dancer Ruthie Henshall, 53, opera singer Russell Watson, 53, and Paralympian Hollie Arnold, 26.

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