Dad's Army fans flock to Topsham

FANS of the Dad s Army television show flocked to a Topsham book store for a book signing event attended by Bill Pertwee. The 83-year-old actor visited Joel Segal Books last Wednesday, October 29, to mark the launch of an updated version of his Dad s Army

FANS of the Dad's Army television show flocked to a Topsham book store for a book signing event attended by Bill Pertwee.

The 83-year-old actor visited Joel Segal Books last Wednesday, October 29, to mark the launch of an updated version of his Dad's Army, the Making of a Television Legend title.

Bill, who played the part of air raid warden William Hodges, also took part in a question and answer session about his experiences of working in the programme.

He said: "I was extremely pleased with how many people attended. It just goes to show how the spirit and popularity of the show is still very much alive."


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Christine Trigger, from Exeter, a member of the Dad's Army Appreciation Society fan group, was among the crowds of people who went to the signing.

She said: "I love the programme, so much so that I use catchphrases from it in everyday life. "I'm forever saying to people 'don't panic Mr Mannering' and people always laugh in response.

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"I have all 80 episodes on nine DVDs, many books and other memorabilia."

Joel Segal, who owns the book store, in Fore Street, said the programmes were beautifully crafted pieces of work.

He added: "The shows have an appeal not just in this country but globally.

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