Ms Fitzgerald, who was made an honorary member of the working men's club during her stay, later described the town as the 'arsehole of nowhere', reported the Daily Mail (October 19, p6).
Jeff Ennis, leader of Barnsley MBC, told the paper: 'I was born and bred in Grimethorpe and the people are the salt of the earth. Comments like this don't assist the people.
'Miss Fitzgerald says she enjoyed doing filming in Grimethorpe, and saw what a great bunch of people they are. To make a comment like this is to betray them, after they welcomed her and showed local hospitality.'