Maltese cross at ‘culture ace’ Pete


By Jack Royston

Odd choice | Peter Andre. (Image | Times of Malta)
Odd choice | Peter Andre. (Image | Times of Malta)

LOCALS in Malta are in uproar after singer Peter Andre was appointed cultural ambassador to the island’s capital city Valletta.

The perma-tan pop statesman, 39, was unanimously voted by city councillors to promote the rich history and art of the world heritage site.

But more than 1,000 furious locals have signed a petition to get the Mysterious Girl singer — who has no links to the Mediterranean island — sacked.

Their plea blasts: “Peter Andre should be the last person to carry such a prestigious and important title.

“Valletta shall only be handled with honour.”

Still reeling from the honorary citizenship given to Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias, in 2008, residents branded this celebrity title “100 times worse.”

Despite winning “Best International Male” at the Malta Music Awards last week, Andre made no mention of his appointment by mayor Alexiei Dingli earlier on the same day.

Mr Dingli revealed he wanted “a celebrity fond of Valletta” to help promote the 16th-century city abroad.

He added: “Valletta will feature prominently in his ITV show which has an average viewership of 1.7 million.

“Apart from this, I can reveal Peter promised to come again this summer where we will be discussing potential future collaborations.”

Article written by Jack Royston, reporter at The Sun, and sub edited by myself. 

Originally published in The Sun on Monday February 11 2013.


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