Kes fans join cast reunion

KES schoolboy Billy Casper wouldn't have been bullied if this lot had been his mates!

Boxing champs Clinton Woods, Johnny Nelson and top trainer Brendan Ingle muscled in on star David Bradley at a cast reunion.

They turned up to support The Star-backed charity fundraising event and to say how much they love the iconic British film.

St Elmo's Fire rock star John Parr, his son and Hollyoaks hunk Ben, Coronation Street's Chris Walker, BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration, Buddy stage star Andrew Morley, author Mel Dyke, soccer legends Allan Clarke, Norman Hunter, Mick Jones and Paul Reaney also gave their support.

The guest signers and Kes fans helped to raise money for the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and Barnsley Hospice, with support also for the Dickie Bird Foundation, at the Yorkshire Tykes Show, at The Bluebell Inn Hotel, Dodworth, Barnsley.

Boxing hero Clinton, the IBF Light Heavyweight world champ, told how he's always knocked out when he watches Kes.

"I've seen it loads of times – just ask my wife. It's one of those films you can watch over and over again, and I do. And it was great to meet Billy Casper himself, David Bradley,'' he said.

David told The Star: "It was wonderful to meet so many old friends, including people who are in the film with me, plus all the celebrities who turned up. This was a superb event to help worthy causes.''

The three charities will also each get a Kes poster, signed by David Bradley and other cast members, to raise money.

Plans are now underway for a Kes 40th anniversary dinner, late next year.

For details contact organiser Martin Colman on 07971 662108 or 01226 380279 or email him at

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