LAST of The Summer Wine producer and director Alan Bell signed copies of his new book at Steps Gift Shop, Holmfirth, earlier this month.
Summer Wine fans came from across the country to meet Alan, who directed the popular BBC comedy between 1981 and 2010, and buy copies of his new book,‘Last Of The Summer Wine: From The Director’s Chair.
The book features stories about the making of the show, which was the longest-running sitcom in the world, and anecdotes about the actors including Peter Sallis, Bill Owen and Kathy Staff.
Mr Bell’s book features a pointed critique of BBC managers who axed the show in June 2010.
Making a guest appearance at the signing was actor Ken Kitson who played the sitcom’s bumbling policeman Pc Cooper in the programme which was filmed in and around Holmfirth.
Susan Gardner, who runs Steps Gift Shop, Scar Fold, Holmfirth, said: “It was busy and we had a lot of avid fans. We had fans from the Midlands and some had travelled quite a distance for it. Alan was happy to talk to people and people were very pleased to meet him and Ken Kitson. Ken was a very nice bloke and very obliging.”