The cast of a smash hit TV comedy have shown their support for a campaign to save Huddersfield’s A&E.
Nine actors from the ITV primetime sitcom Benidorm took a few minutes out of their schedule – a ninth series is currently in production – to display their support for #HandsOffHRI.
The favour was called in by one-time screen and West End actor – and #HandsOffHRI president – Karl Deitch through his old friend Jake Canuso.
And Canuso, who plays sex-mad barman Mateo, asked some of his cast mates to show support for the campaign.
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Those who obliged included stand-up comedian turned actor Johnny Vegas, Janine Duvitski, who plays middle-aged swinger Jacqueline Stewart and Danny Walters, who plays young troublemaker Tiger Dyke.
Karl, who founded #HandsOffHRI, starred in the short film ‘Back to Life’ which was selected for the BAFTAs and Cannes Film Festival, nine years ago.
It was there he met Swiss-born Canuso.
Karl, 36, of Golcar, said: “I direct message him every now and then.
“I just thought I would ask him to see if he’d do it – I didn’t expect him to get half the cast.
“For them to do that is tremendous; it’s a real morale booster.”
Deitch, a dad-of-three, who installs security systems for a living, was spotted by an agent at a restaurant where he was dining with his aunt and uncle.
In 2007, he played two parts in a West End production of Ann Turnbull’s ‘No Shame No Fear’ alongside Amanda Boxer and Niko Nicotera, who was in Netflix crime drama Sons of Anarchy.
Karl has also appeared on British detective series Dalziel and Pascoe.
Under the Right Care Right Time Right Place proposals, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary will lose its A&E department while emergency care will be centralised in Halifax.
There are other proposals in the project which include the demolition of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and the construction of a smaller hospital on the Acre Mills site at Lindley.