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Glittering soap stars out in force.

Byline: Pete Price

I MISSED the soap star football challenge the other day with the cast members from Coronation Street, Shameless, Emmerdale ... the list goes on.

But I did get to the glittering Hollyoaks charity ball at Chester Racecourse.

And may I say what a beautiful course that is.

Sean Marley, the managing director of Lime Pictures, certainly knows how to throw a party.

A thousand pounds a table and all the money going to Claire House hospice and the AlderHey Imagine appeal.

Nick Pickard, Hollyoaks' longest-serving actor was passionate about putting this event on and with his colleagues he did a splendid job.

The show had a wealth of talent from loads of soaps.

It's strange that most actors and actresses can sing - and sing well.

Some of the highlights for me were: Jimmy McKenna, the grandfather of Hollyoaks and his tribute to Sinatra.

Kym Ryder from Coronation Street who looked a million dollars. God knows how she stayed in that dress.

And Chris Fountain beat-boxing and singing - not on skates I has ten to add - but doing a duet with Ashley Taylor Dawson, who also plays a mean guitar.

The auction raised thousands.

Jermaine Pennant, a Liverpool player made me roar with laughter as he kept bidding against himself.

He paid pounds 2,500 for a walk-on part in Hollyoaks.

And then topped himself by paying pounds 1,700 for a signed Liverpool shirt which he generously put back in the auction.

And before any of you cynics ask: Why was the party in Chester?

It's because Hollyoaks is based on a fictional suburb of Chester.

I'd just like to thank all the cast and helpers as a patron for ClaireHouse - and I'm sure I can speak for AlderHey. Your generosity helps to keep these charities alive.


WELL DONE, MATE: Jermaine Pennant
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 29, 2008
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