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Gates and Mushy unite to help other stammerers

Singer and Dancing On Ice star Gareth Gates has told fellow stammerer Mushy - from the hit TV show Educating Yorkshire - that their high profile is helping a lot of people with speaking disorders.

Gareth Gates and Musharaf Credit: Press Association

Gates was launching the latest of his performing arts academies at Huddersfield New College, in West Yorkshire, where Musharaf Asghar - known to millions of Channel 4 viewers as Mushy - is hoping to be one of the first students.

Mushy said Gates was an inspiration.

Gareth Gates performs during the opening of a new performing arts academy in Huddersfield Credit: Press Association

"I've seen him on TV and, now, to meet him in person is a real honour," the teenager said.

Gates told Mushy he loved him on Educating Yorkshire - the hit show about the children and staff at Thornhill Academy, in nearby Dewsbury.

Mushy, who has an acute stammer, became one of the stars of the programme as he battled to overcome his speaking difficulties.

"For me to watch that, it really took me back to when I was at school," the Pop Idol runner-up and Dancing On Ice star told him.

Musharaf Asghar collecting the best documentary series award on stage during the 2014 National Television Awards Credit: Press Association

"I wasn't able to say a word and it's just awful, you know. "The likes of yourself and me, it raises the profile of speaking and stammering, it really helps lots of people.

"It's all good."

Gates toured the performing arts centre at the college where his academy classes will take place. And he performed a medley of classics for hundreds of cheering students, getting many of them up on stage for an encore of his hit Spirit In The Sky.

Dancing on Ice tour to come to the region

The coolest show on television, Dancing on Ice the live tour, comes to the region for the very last time next month.

A host of celebrities have signed up for the finale including Bradford's Gareth Gates and former Emmerdale actress Suzanne Shaw.

Duncan and Kate talked to the pair on the Calendar sofa:

The tour comes to our region on the following dates:

Sheffield: Motorpoint Arena - 15 – 17 April

Leeds: First Direct Arena - 26 – 27 April

Click here for the full list of dates

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