Rock and roll Soap ac­tor joins craze as he finds ‘la­dy­bird’

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By PHIL NOR­RIS

AN award-win­ning ac­tor from a top-rated soap opera found him­self part of a grow­ing craze in the county.

James Moore, who plays Ryan Stocks in Em­merdale on ITV, was on a visit to his home town of Chel­tenham when his mum stum­bled across a brightly painted stone with la­dy­bird mark­ings.

The star, who won the Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Award’s Best New­comer gong ear­lier this year, was then pic­tured on the Face­book page of Chel­trocks, Chel­trocks (Painted Rocks in Chel­tenham, UK), an on­line com­mu­nity where peo­ple paint, hide and find the rocks.

And he was full of praise for the ini­tia­tive which is go­ing from strength to strength.

He said: “My mum found it out­side her house.

“I think it’s a great or­gan­i­sa­tion. They’re do­ing amaz­ing things for the com­mu­nity here.”

James Moore plays Ryan, the lon­glost bi­o­log­i­cal son of Char­ity Din­gle, and beat ri­vals from Coro­na­tion Street, Em­merdale, Ca­su­alty and East­end­ers to win the Best New­comer at the NTAS in Jan­uary.

The for­mer pupil at Bal­car­ras School, in Charl­ton Kings, made his de­but on the long-run­ning soap last June and has been a huge hit with view­ers.

The Best New­comer award was an­nounced by for­mer foot­ball man­ager and I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here 2019 win­ner Harry Red­knapp and his for­mer foot­ball play­ing son, Jamie.

In his win­ner’s speech, James, who has cere­bral palsy, thanked those who sup­ported him, say­ing it meant the world to him.

The rocks have been turn­ing up all over Chel­tenham, as well as other parts of the county.

Or­gan­is­ers say the group is for the shar­ing of paint­ing, hid­ing or find­ing ‘kind­ness’ rocks in the Chel­tenham area.

“Kind­ness rocks are painted then hid­den (ei­ther re­ally well or in plain sight!) for some­one else to find,” they say on their Face­book page.

“The idea is that a lit­tle trea­sure left by a stranger can re­ally brighten some­one’s day.

“Rocks can be kept, traded with friends, given as gifts or re­hid­den.

“All we ask is that you have fun and play fair, so please don’t hoard all the rocks and try to re­place some that you keep with more for oth­ers to find.” phillip.nor­[email protected]­

James Moore with the painted stone he found

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