HUNDREDS of people descended on an art gallery to meet Rolf Harris in person.
The queue to shake hands with the beloved artist, singer and all-round entertainer at the Whitewall gallery in Chester wound all the way along St Michael's Row in Grosvenor Shopping Centre and outside onto Bridge Street. Extra security were drafted in as people were warned if they had not confirmed a place on the guest list, they were not getting in.
Staff reported that some 750 people had turned up on the day.
Becky Hunt, of De Montfort fine art, who are behind the exhibition, said limited editions and Rolf originals sold on the day.
She said: “It was a great event and really successful. We had a commemorative poster for Rolf which sold well.”
Punters shelled out £30 for each poster.
The gallery had originally intended to hold a Champagne reception but were quickly warned against the idea by healthand safety advisors when the level of interest in the visit became clear.
One male fan wore a bright pink t-shirt with Rolf's famous self portrait and the logo for Rolf's Cartoon Club, the programme that first brought the Ozzy's art to the masses.