TV tough guy Ross Kemp to give fund-raising talk for Knapton church appeal

Ross Kemp.

Ross Kemp. - Credit: Archant

Actor Ross Kemp will be giving a one-off talk about working with Indian street children and recent foreign adventures in aid of a £200,000 church appeal.

Mr Kemp, best known for his role as Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, will be speaking at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Knapton, on Saturday November 9 from 2.30pm for the Raise the Roof campaign.

The money is needed to preserve the distinctive wooden roof of St Peter and St Paul's Church featuring more than 180 ornately carved angels; making the church accessible for disabled people; and repointing the brick tower.

Mr Kemp's parents, John and Jean Kemp, originally from Thorpe St Andrew and Swafield respectively, live in Knapton and are on the parochial church council for St Peter and St Paul's.

Mr Kemp said: 'Ross comes to Knapton whenever he can. He likes the relaxed atmosphere and people are kind to him.'

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Despite growing up in London, the actor turned investigative journalist regularly attends Christmas day services in Knapton's medieval church.

The Raise the Roof appeal was launched in July this year and church warden Liz Winter said the 12 metre-wide double hammer beamed angel roof, built in 1503, was unique to Europe.

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She said: 'The building is of national heritage. I am the custodian of a remarkable building and that is why I am fighting tooth and nail to save it for future generations.'

The appeal has so far raised £2,300 from two events which were a concert by the Nigel King Band from North Walsham and a heritage weekend.

Mrs Winter described the former EastEnders actor as a lovely guy.

He has previously done investigative television programmes about gangs around the world and travelled with the Royal Anglian regiment to Afghanistan.

There are only 60 tickets left for An Afternoon with Ross Kemp. They cost £7.50 and can be bought by ringing Mrs Winter on 01263 722271 or Mr Kemp on 01263 721723.

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