GLOBAL superstar Dolly Parton brought the "wow" factor to South Yorkshire when she took centre-stage to launch the British version of her popular US book scheme.
She danced on to the stage at Templeborough's Magna Centre singing her legendary hit '9 to 5', and continued to mesmerise the audience of business bosses, council officials, education experts and the world's press.
The gal from the Smokey Mountains, Tennessee, stunned in a spangly green dress and her trademark peroxide blonde hair as she charmed her way through a 20-minute speech about her Imagination Library, and threw in two songs for good measure.
Hear Dolly perform 9 to 5 in South Yorkshire
She even impressed the audience with her well-rehearesed South Yorkshire pronunciation of 'Rotherham'.
The library scheme involves giving every pre-school child in the borough a book each month and if successful it could be extended across the country.
Speaking about her love of books, Dolly, one of 12 siblings from a poor family, told the crowd: "I learned to love books at a very early age. My first one was the Bible as it was the only one we had in the house.
"I was truly fascinated with stories. I loved the smell of books and I loved the feel of books and that has stayed with me. What better is there than to do something for children? It means so much to me.
"You can't give too many kids too many books. With all the TV and video games around, it's good that we don't forget about reading.
"In America they call me 'The Book Lady" and I'll be happy to be remembered as that in 100 years' time."
Lucky Rotherham Council leader, Coun Roger Stone, joined the songbird on stage at the American-style launch, where he thanked the singer for choosing the town to start the scheme.
Coun Stone, who found himself taking autograph requests on behalf of Dolly for a stream of middle-aged men said: "This lady really has the 'wow' factor."
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