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Bill Tarmey And Me

Coronation Street fans know instantly who Bill Tarmey is. I regret to admit that until I met Patricia Penrose I had no idea. I was the front man  at a store opening where Patricia was booked as the celebrity to cut the ribbon and officially open the store, then sign autographs and chat with the shoppers. Patricia plays the character of Gina in the TV series Heartbeat. She is lovely person, very friendly and easy to get on with. My job was to build up the atmosphere and let people know what was going on as well as running various in store competitions.

The store was very busy and Patricia Penrose was very popular. She had brought a pile of postcard size photos of herself which she was signing and giving away. She told me that she ran out of these after about an hour ( and she had brought loads with her! ). Whilst we were chatting she said that she thought I sounded just like Bill Tarmey. Several people agreed so it must be true? I’d like to think that this was a compliment but as I don’t watch Corrie I can’t be sure.

We had a great day. The new store was very busy in spite of the bad weather. The client was very happy and I’m just waiting to see if I could be the next Jack Duckworth.

Ron with Patricia Penrose, Gina from the TV series Heartbeat

Ron with Patricia Penrose

If you were Ron Wood of Jolly Good Productions ( that’s me ), would you consider it a compliment to be told that you sound like Bill Tarmey?  Let me know what you think.

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Coronation Street Star In Wensleydale

Peter Armitage ( Bill Webster in Coronation Street ) and Gala Queen Katie Brown opened the 43rd Hawes and District Gala on Saturday 26th June 2010. The event took place on Tommys Field by kind permission of Anthony Heseltine. The event began in the High Street where large crowds had gathered to watch the parade. There were many floats and local people in fancy dress, there were vintage cars and tractors plus music from the Hawes Prize Silver Band.

Peter Armitage and Katie Brown welcomed the public with short speeches over the pa system. It was a lovely sunny day and there was a proper carnival atmosphere.

After the parade there was entertainment on the show field including a fancy dress parade, children’s races, Punch and Judy, falconry, a bouncy castle, slippery pole, rodeo bull, ice cream and refreshments plus side stalls too.

The organisers were very pleased with day and are now planning next years gala.

Peter Armitage ( Bill Webster from Coronation Street ) and Katie Brown, Gala Queen

Peter Armitage and Katie Brown opened the Gala

Peter Armitage judging the Fancy Dress

Peter and Katie

Were you at the Gala? What was your favourite aspect?

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