Florida farewell to Dale

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - TODAY’S T V -

DALE WIN­TON’S FLORIDA FLY DRIVE Chan­nel 5, 10pm

IT was a glo­ri­ous re­turn to TV when Dale Win­ton filmed this joy­ful four-week road trip around Amer­ica’s Sun­shine State.

Strolling on the beach, mak­ing saucy re­marks about the buff bod­ies walk­ing past, and get­ting stuck into the wild, weird and won­der­ful parts of Florida, Dale seemed to be thor­oughly en­joy­ing his life.

The news of his death aged 62 in April shocked the na­tion and all his fans who have fol­lowed his ca­reer since the early days of Su­per­mar­ket Sweep in the 90s.

This trav­el­ogue came off the air as a mark of re­spect, but re­turns tonight with its sec­ond episode, now a poignant trib­ute to the TV per­son­al­ity.

With fab­u­lous sto­ries, such as at­tend­ing Shirley Bassey’s birth­day party and his friend­ship with the late restau­ra­teur Prady Balan, Dale, in shorts and shades, fits right in with the glam­orous res­i­dents.

In this episode, he vis­its the ex­trav­a­gant Casa Ca­sua­r­ina in Mi­ami, an up­scale bou­tique ho­tel that was formerly the home of fash­ion de­signer Gianni Ver­sace un­til his un­timely death in 1997.

From the leop­ard­print cush­ions to the swim­ming pool made out of thousands of 24-carat gold tiles, to the 10ft bed in the Ver­sace Suite, the leg­endary fash­ion de­signer’s legacy is plain to see.

Dale then hits the beach, quizzing life­guard Chris and gaw­ping at all the beau­ti­ful bod­ies on Mus­cle Beach.

In Lit­tle Ha­vana, he rolls his own cigar and is in­tro­duced to the de­lights of Cuban cof­fee.

And fi­nally, he gets a per­sonal tour of Bil­lion­aires’ Row, which some of the rich­est peo­ple in Amer­ica call home.

ROAD TRIP Dale ex­plores the Sun­shine State

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