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Corrie stars to bowl over festival crowds
4:04pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
MORE than 2,000 people are expected to watch cricketing legends and soap stars in Ramsbottom’s newest festival.
Ramsbottom Festival Of Cricket will see two star-studded matches at Ramsbottom Cricket Club on Friday, August 30.
It will start with a team from the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association) Masters going up against Ramsbottom Cricket Club’s first team at 3pm.
Cricket legends will include former England players Devon Malcolm and Neil Fairbrother Following that, a team of actors from Coronation Street and Emmerdale will face a Ramsbottom Traders cricket team at 6pm.
The soap stars taking part will depend on filming commitments, but those hoping to be there include Bury-born Georgia May Foote, who plays single mum Katy Armstrong, Jack P Shepherd (David Platt) and Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw).
They got involved after being contacted by actor Graham Hawley, who previously played John Stape in Coronation Street and is now a member of the Ramsbottom Traders.
John Fox, from the festival committee, said: “Graham has a lot of contacts and they are all coming to play, because they want to play at a great cricket club in front of 2,000 people.
“We have heard the Coronation Street and Emmerdale stars are fighting over who will be in the team.”
As well as picking up the cricket bat, the soap stars and cricket legends will spend time meeting fans and collecting donations.
Money raised will go towards the club, along with Bury Hospice and Leukaemia And Lymphoma Research.
Other attractions at the festival include face painting, food stalls and a magician.
The PCA Masters will also hold a training session in the morning for junior cricketers.
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children and pensioners, and are available by calling Ramsbottom Cricket Club on 01706 822799, or from various shops in Ramsbottom.
For more information, go to www.rammyfestival ofcricket.co.uk.
n Bury Hospice is looking for volunteers for bucket collections during the festival. Anyone able to help can call Michelle King on 0161 797 1748.
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