TV PRESENTER Rusty Lee shot to fame in the 1980s for her infectious laugh as a presenter on GMTV.
But a chance encounter with Rocester’s outgoing vicar has led to a ‘very random’ public appearance of a different kind.
The two met at a Rotary Club meeting. where Rev Kesh Govan persuaded Ms Lee to open Rocester’s church summer fete on July 12.
The event will mark Rev Govan’s last event as the vicar of St Michael’s Church as he prepares for his new parish in Australia.
And Rev Govan said: “I can think of no better way to go out that with Rusty Lee.
“I remember watching her on TV growing up and her laugh was just so wonderful and infectious.
“Her amazingly positive manner was brilliant and she was quite famous at that time.
“But I never thought for a minute I’d have managed to get her to come to our annual fete, which is now a fantastic community event.”
Rev Govan and Ms Lee, who lives in the area, are both members of the Rotary Club and met at a recent dinner.
Rev Govan said: “It was fantastic to meet her and she’s a really good laugh.
“She’s definitely got one or two stories and I think her presence will guarantee everyone a good time at the fete.”
“There’ll be live music, stalls, games, animals, a pamper tent, ice creams and yummy cakes.
“It’ll be an emotional day for me and my family as it’s the last community event we’re involved in.”
Ms Lee joined TV-AM in the early 1980s as a TV chef.
She now appears on shows including This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Saturday Cooks.
She has also had a stint on a Channel 5 chat show discussing events in reality show Big Brother.
The fete starts at St Michael’s Church at 2pm.