Crowds turn out to meet cult TV star in Daventry

Fans waiting outside Kuni's
Fans waiting outside Kuni's

rowds of people turned out in Daventry town centre on Friday, May 9, when a star of British TV dropped in.

Actor Danny John-Jules, known for his roles as Cat in the sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf and policeman Dwayne Myers in BBC One’s Death in Paradise, went along to Kuni’s Coffee and Comics to meet fans and sign autographs.

Bryan Cooney and Danny John-Jules

Bryan Cooney and Danny John-Jules

The visit was organised by the owner of Kuni’s Bryan Cooney, who also helps run Comic Con events across the UK.

Speaking to the Daventry Express, Mr John-Jules said: “I’ve known Bryan for a long time, through the conventions.

“But this isn’t my first time in Daventry. We used to have Red Dwarf conventions here in one of the hotels.

“Obviously then all the fans and I were at the hotel so we didn’t get to see the town centre. But now the fans from the town that went out to the hotel for the conventions are here.”

The signing was hosted in the coffee shop, near Boots in Bowen Square, and the queue of fans stretched back down the precinct towards the High Street. Many people were holding photos of the actor or other Red Dwarf memorabilia for him to sign.

Kuni’s is a coffee shop which also sells comics and related merchandise.

The shop opened in December with a grand opening by fellow Rec Dwarf star Chris Barrie who played Rimmer. He appeared alongside movie characters including Darth Vader and a Minion from Despicable Me.

Kuni’s is now planning to expand, with plans to open a second branch in Rugby.

Bryan Cooney said: “The signing is to raise awareness of the shop and to also reward the people that come here with something special.

“I’ve known Danny for years through him making personal appearances at the exhibitions we organise.

“The turnout has been fantastic. It just shows that pop culture and sci-fi still have a strong following.”