A soap star at the centre of a major storyline in Coronation Street has taken time out to support The Dukes in Lancaster.
Cherylee Houston plays Izzy Armstrong who has been watched by millions in the popular soap as she defended herself in court against drugs and assault charges.
More than 20 years ago, I was one of many young people lucky enough to be inspired by The Dukes and I also appeared in some of its magical productions in Williamson Park
The actor began her career at The Dukes youth theatre – then known as The Bottleshop – in the late 80s.
Cherylee is now one of The Dukes Honorary Patrons and returns to The Dukes as regularly as her busy television career will allow.
While on the Coronation Street set, Cherylee recorded a video about The Dukes which is currently playing before film screenings at the Lancaster cinema.
“More than 20 years ago, I was one of many young people lucky enough to be inspired by The Dukes and I also appeared in some of its magical productions in Williamson Park,” she says.“I spent four wonderful years at The Dukes and it gave me an invaluable grounding as an actor. I hope more people will help The Dukes to give opportunities to young people because it transforms so many lives.”
She describes The Dukes as where the soul of our community is nurtured. “In short, it is indispensable.”