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Starsky and Hutch star hits Tory campaign trail

PUBLISHED: 17:26 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

A FILM star made famous for his role in cult TV show Starsky and Hutch has been on the campaign trail listening to the issues that matter most to residents.

A FILM star made famous for his role in cult TV show Starsky and Hutch has been on the campaign trail listening to the issues that matter most to residents.

Actor and singer David Soul was in town on Saturday drumming up support for Beckenham Conservative General Election candidate Bob Stewart and contenders for the local elections on May 6.

Colonel Bob Stewart has been a close friend of the actor for 13 years and he invited him on a tour of Coney Hall, Letchworth Drive, Hayes Street and Keston Village.

As the Conservative group walked round they chatted to residents and spoke with shopkeepers.

Barry Thwaites has run Power Tune Car and Bike shop in Coney Hall since 1976 and said: "It was quite a surprise to see David Soul as I used to enjoy watching Starsky and Hutch in my youth.

"We talked about the economy, which is the worst I've experienced, even worse than the late 1970s. Everybody is suffering in the current conditions.

"The Government's scrappage scheme hurt my company because less people have been getting their old cars fixed.

"Councillors that came round were also concerned because they want to keep shopkeepers happy."

Mr Soul, who has three No. 1 British chart hits to his name, as well as numerous TV and stage appearances, bumped into a Frank Sinatra tribute singer on his travels.

Jack Valentine, of Letchworth Drive, Bromley, was out buying his morning paper.

He said: "David talked about the American composer Paul Ryan who wrote I Will Drink The Wine for Frank Sinatra, so I sung a few bars for him, I could tell he was impressed.

"I spoke with Bob briefly too and we agreed that their needs to be a greater sense of community where people live. He has got the right attitude trying to get people in rural areas on side."

Mr Soul then visited Keston village where he met more residents before having lunch there. He told the Times that he really enjoyed meeting everyone and, if possible, would like to come campaigning again before election day.

Colonel Bob Stewart is a former commander of British forces in Bosnia. He was joined on the campaign trail by councillors Anne Manning, Neill Reddin and Graham Arthur.

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