A water company is urging it’s customers to say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to sewer blockages, flooding and pollution this festive season.
Picture shows Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star Tim Healy with Dwaine Pipe
Click here to watch ‘Dwaine’s unmerry Christmas’ animation.
North East acting legend, Tim Healy, has lent his voice to Northumbrian Water’s quirky character, Dwaine Pipe, who is issuing a fat-free plea to Christmas cooks across the region.
The ‘Love your Drain’ campaign mascot is starring in his own series of animations, which serve as a reminder of how to dispose of cooking fat, oil and grease properly.
‘Dwaine’s unmerry Christmas’, will be broadcast on ITV player across the region from Monday December 21, 2015 until Sunday January 17, 2016, and is voiced by Tim.
The Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star, said: “I was very flattered to be asked to voice an iconic character and I’m sure that’s what Dwaine Pipe is going to become.
“The animation is fantastic, he looks brilliant and they’ve been clever to get the message across in a way that’s great for kids, as well as adults. It’s very important to think about what you put down your sink.”
The company warns that fat in the sewers is a big problem, particularly at this time of year.
Pouring grease and fat down the sink can lead to blocked drains as it solidifies and builds up in the sewer, which can then lead to flooding.
People are asked to allow fat or grease to solidify and then dispose of it in the bin.
Tim added: “Northumbrian Water’s work to stop blockages is fantastic and I’m proud to be part of it.”
Dwaine Pipe will also join Smooth Radio’s Steve Colman on Sunday December 20, 2015 for a carol concert in Northumberland Street, Newcastle.
From 2.30pm a brass band will be playing Christmas carols, including the water company’s ‘Twelve Dwaines of Christmas’ song which encourages people to think about what they put down sinks and flush down the loo.
Link to ‘Twelve Dwaine′s of Christmas’ song - https://www.nwl.co.uk/your-home/your-services/love-your-drain.aspx The multi-talented green character will also be appearing in the South Shields Customs House pantomime, Alice in Wonderland, until Saturday January 9, 2016.
Northumbrian Water spends more than £1 million every year clearing sewer blockages from its vast 29,000 kilometre sewer network.
More than a third of these blockages are caused by items which should not be flushed down the toilet or by fat, oils and grease, which should not be put down the sink.
The ‘Love Your Drain’ campaign encourages people to avoid putting fat down sinks and to only flush toilet paper, pee and poo down the loo.
For more information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.