Published: 10:00, 14 August 2014 |
Blobby, oh Mr Blobby... This was the ghastly sight that greeted Peter Price-Whittle when he returned from holiday.
After a trip to Dubai, he could not wait to get back to his Dartford home, but could barely believe his eyes when he saw his best friend Jon Ansett's handiwork.
But there was no time for the post-holiday blues - the in Watling Street property was emblazoned a garish pink with yellow spots and the words Mr Blobby.
Mr Price-Whittle, 30, said: "My mate Jon has a scaffolding business.
"I ended up helping him out on one of his jobs and I painted all of his scaffolding boards and poles with my initials PPW. I must have painted about three grands' worth of his stuff.
"I came back from holiday and my Facebook was just going crazy when I landed. I was like 'huh?'.
"And then I saw that while I was away he'd decided to paint my house pink and put Blobby spots on it, thinking he was funny. To be fair, he did do me good.
"I don't think some of the neighbours were particularly pleased, but it was just a practical joke and of course I'm going to paint over it - it's not going to stay."
Mr Price-Whittle, who owns Precision Plasterers, said: "All the old grannies were laughing when they walked past and it's made a lot of people smile, so that's good.
"Anyway, I've got plans to get him back."
Mr Blobby first appeared on Noel Edmonds' Saturday night hit Noel's House Party back in 1993.
After a successful music career, gaining himself a Christmas number one, Mr Blobby took up the job of being a popular guest on Saturday morning kids' show Live & Kicking and The Generation Game on Saturday evenings.
Paul Shaw, of School House Lane, Horsmonden, wrote the music for the novelty song, voted the most annoying Christmas tune of all time. He disappeared from the spotlight in 1999.
Mr Ansett, 37, who runs Ansetts Scaffolding and is a Mr Blobby fan, said: "I was doing a job for Pete so I put all the scaffolding up around his house and then I see he's put his initials all over it. He thought it would be funny, so I thought, 'right'.
"I waited for him to go on holiday and then I spent a good couple of hours painting his house pink and spray painting on the yellow dots.
"His housemate was in the house at the time – which I didn't know – but he just thought it was some window cleaners. He's alright about it - it's just a laugh and a good bit of fun.
"If he gets me back, I've got something up my sleeve."
Pete, along with friends Davie Shoebridge and Jake Button also have their own show The Only Way is Kent - or TOWIK for short.
The scripted reality series, which has celebrity endorsement from X Factor winner Sam Bailey, follows their day-to-day lives.
The reality soap, on the YouTube channel, follows their highs and lows. Catch episode one below.
Video: The first episode of The Only Way is Kent
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