Coronation Street's David Platt greeted by hundreds of fans in Southampton

Daily Echo: Jack P Shepherd at Poundland in Southampton Jack P Shepherd at Poundland in Southampton

HUNDREDS of people queued to catch a glimpse of a TV star who came to Hampshire to officially open a new store.

Jack P Shepherd, aka David Platt in the popular ITV soap, journeyed down south to open the new Poundland store - and did not disappoint his hundreds of fans.

People gathered with their cameras as the 24-year-old cut the ribbon outside the store, on Above Bar Street, and fans, from teenage girls to pensioners, many of them long-time Coronation Street devotees, queued down the aisles to get an autograph and photo with the star.

Jack told the Daily Echo it was his first time in city having never ventured so far south before.

He said: “It's nice to come down and it's a lovely day,” adding that it was good to meet his fans.

“Everyone seems quite pleased I'm here, which is nice because David's not a particularly nice character.”

Kerri Beavis, 47, of Shirley , had brought along daughter Charlie Hunt and her friend Becky Blundell, both 14.

“She's his biggest fan. She thinks he's hot,” said Kerri.

Charlie added: “It was amazing. I have been a fan since I was seven. I watch it just to see him - he was really nice, I was shaking.” The new store has created 35 jobs and staff celebrated with a fun day including prizes for shoppers and an in-store DJ.

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12:57pm Mon 30 Jul 12

Ozmosis says...

A Coronation Street "star" heads south to open a Poundland? You couldn't make it up!
A Coronation Street "star" heads south to open a Poundland? You couldn't make it up! Ozmosis
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1:00pm Mon 30 Jul 12

ToastyTea says...

how sad are these people, seriously.
how sad are these people, seriously. ToastyTea
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2:25pm Mon 30 Jul 12

Shoong says...

Hmm, check the first in the queue, nice one Jack!
Hmm, check the first in the queue, nice one Jack! Shoong
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5:39pm Mon 30 Jul 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

Shoong wrote:
Hmm, check the first in the queue, nice one Jack!
Yeah but check the 3 geeks behind her,shudeeeerrrrrrrr
r !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: Hmm, check the first in the queue, nice one Jack![/p][/quote]Yeah but check the 3 geeks behind her,shudeeeerrrrrrrr r !!!!!! 100%HANTSBOY
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5:28pm Tue 31 Jul 12

ottred says...

Why do grown men do this kind of thing? Look at them!! No doubt go down the football wearing jester hats, face paint & point people out to the stewards for henious crimes such as rolling up a programme in an offensive manner.
Why do grown men do this kind of thing? Look at them!! No doubt go down the football wearing jester hats, face paint & point people out to the stewards for henious crimes such as rolling up a programme in an offensive manner. ottred
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5:47pm Wed 1 Aug 12

sameoldscene says...

Ozmosis wrote:
A Coronation Street "star" heads south to open a Poundland? You couldn't make it up!
Well, come on. His acting skills are only worth a pound. So the cap definitely fits here!
[quote][p][bold]Ozmosis[/bold] wrote: A Coronation Street "star" heads south to open a Poundland? You couldn't make it up![/p][/quote]Well, come on. His acting skills are only worth a pound. So the cap definitely fits here! sameoldscene
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