Stephen on stage with soap star

Charity champion Stephen Picton with former soap star Bruce Jones.
Charity champion Stephen Picton with former soap star Bruce Jones.

INTERNET sensation Stephen Picton joined a former soap star on stage as he performed his popular charity record.

The spotlight was on the Hartlepool charity champion as he was invited on stage by ex-Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones.

Stephen, 39, performed his new charity single which has so far attracted more than 3,000 hits on YouTube and helped to raise around £1,000 for Support Your Bowel.

The opportunity came about when Bruce, who had a long stint on the soap as Les Battersby, heard about Stephen’s charity achievements.

He was in Durham City for an Evening with Bruce Jones ahead of the release of his autobiography this summer.

Stephen, a taxi driver, who lives near Blakelock Road, in Hartlepool, performed his own version of the Life and Times of Grizzly Adams theme tune, Maybe, which he has adapted for his charity event later this month.

Stephen said: “I could not believe I had the chance to join Bruce on stage. It was a fantastic experience.

“I loved his Les Battersby role on Coronation Street.

“He was really kind to me, he even made a donation to the charity.”

It is now less than two weeks until Stephen’s final charity event in his kind-hearted bid to hit £50,000 before his 40th birthday.

The Mail has featured a number of stories throughout his efforts documenting his fantastic achievements.

Stephen added: “The response of people has just been absolutely fantastic.

“People are so kind and I did not expect the song to have this much of an impact.

“To get more than 3,000 views is just unbelievable.”