TV stars sign for Shelter

editorial image

A SOAP addict who collected autographs from his favourite television stars is selling their signatures to raise money for charity.

For the past three years Stephen Pallach, of Pinderfields Road, has been a regular at Emmerdale and Coronation Street’s television studios.

The 23-year-old has become well known to many cast members, who even take time out between filming to take pictures with him and sign his autograph book.

Mr Pallach has now got 46 stars from Coronation Street to sign a T-shirt, and 50 members from Emmerdale to sign a towel, which he is raffling off for £1ticket to support the homeless charity Shelter.

Mr Pallach has been a volunteer at the Shelter charity shop on Kirkgate for the past seven years.

He said: “I have watched soaps since I was little, but I never expected to meet the people in them.

“All the cast members I have met have been lovely and take time to say hi and they know me by name now.

“Signature collecting is a hobby I have enjoyed doing and I have made a lot of new friends. Along with the job, it has given me more confidence and self-belief.

“I wanted to take advantage of my hobby to raise money for the charity I work for.”

Shop manager Sue Booth, 56, of Flockton, said: “I think this is a brilliant idea. All the customers and staff love him as he is so chatty.”

Mr Pallach said his favourite soap stars included Jack P Shepherd, who plays David Platt in Coronation Street.

Raffle tickets for the signed items are now available from the charity shop on Kirkgate or ring 01924 291533.