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Coronation Street actor Steven Arnold pays an emotional tribute to supporters of Kes stage show in Stamford, performed to help the Phoebe Research Fund

Steven Arnold, best known as Coronation Street's Ashley Peacock, paid an emotional tribute to businesses that have supported Kes on its opening night at Stamford Corn Exchange.

Twenty-five per cent of the profits from the shows last night (Friday) and today, both a matinee and an evening show, will go towards the Phoebe Research Fund - founded by Steven's partner Zoe Crowson to research recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa which her daughter Phoebe suffers from.

Daniel Maley and Steven Arnold on stage performing Kes (5051657)
Daniel Maley and Steven Arnold on stage performing Kes (5051657)

The show, directed by David Crowley, sees Steven playing the role of several characters with young actor Daniel Maley alongside him performing as the young Billy Casper.

After a huge round of applause when last night's preview show concluded, Steven stayed on stage telling the audience he "wouldn't normally do this" but thanked the businesses that have supported the show. He said he and Zoe had been "overwhelmed" at the support offered and choked up as he spoke of his love for young Phoebe.

There are still some tickets available for today's shows, which are available on the door.

Daniel Maley on stage performing Kes (5051650)
Daniel Maley on stage performing Kes (5051650)

Zoe tearfully said afterwards that she was "incredibly proud" of Steven and Daniel's performance. She said she hoped today's shows at 2.30pm and 7.30pm would attract large audiences.

Visit the Stamford Corn Exchange website to find out more or call the box office on 01780 766455

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