During a special visit to Bolton, Emmerdale legend Lisa Riley discussed her showbiz career and demonstrated a new talent.
In order to host an afternoon tea at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2022, Lisa, who portrays soap star Mandy Dingle, traveled back to the town she fell in love with while growing up in nearby Bury.
She also showed that she was learning British Sign Language by conversing with members of the deaf community at the event as she switched the Yorkshire Dales from the ITV serial to meet fans in Bolton town center.
Lisa, 46, who has taken three courses so far, won over her audience by enhancing her understanding with another visitor and BSL user Scott Ford, who traveled from Hartlepool.
Lisa’s Instagram was commented on by Beautielady “It was very nice to visit you this afternoon and see how hard you were working to learn BSL. You pick things up so quickly, and I know you’ll get better at signing. Your personality is great!”
Scott then said to her: “Meeting you and spending a wonderful few hours with you were a complete delight, and they were well worth it! Your attempt to learn BSL, also known as British Sign Language, was amazing, and you are such a lovely, warm, and effervescent person (as well as very helpful and understanding)! Keep learning and moving forward; you have made me proud.”
Since 1995, Lisa, who has been on television for 30 years, has played Mandy, a beloved character in the ITV soap opera. She made a statement at the festival in a chic all-black ensemble that was accessorized with a vibrantly patterned scarf. The actress wore her dark hair pulled back from her face and accessorized with nude lips, smokey eyes, and fluttery lashes.
She collaborated with Sushma Snacks of Bolton to offer fans the chance to learn about some of her set experiences and backstage gossip as they took in an Indian-inspired version of the British classic at the Alberts Halls.
The menu at Sushma has bhel, a popular Indian street food, masala chai scones, raspberry tart with custard, and mango cups with mint as well as spicy potato and chicken tikka sandwiches with edible spoons covered in crème cheese and smoked salmon.
The Bolton Food and Drink Festival, now in its 17th year, will once again change the town’s streets over the August bank holiday weekend with 180 market stalls and traders, celebrity chefs, cookery demos, comedy acts, street performers, live music, and kid-friendly events. Guests can take advantage of appearances by TV chefs The Hairy Bikers, Ainsley Harriott, and James Martin in addition to celebrating the best of Bolton and the surrounding Greater Manchester area.