Leeds laundrette to the stars

Over the last decade Elaine Fish has cleaned smalls for some of Yorkshire's best-loved stars.

Elaine, who owns Bubbles Launderette, has spent the last 10 years washing, drying and ironing clothes of all shapes and sizes for celebrities in Leeds.

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But it is not just her talent for washing clothes that has had her gripped to some of the county's favourite television programmes.

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On Sunday evenings Mrs Fish, 55, from Farsley, has seen her whites dazzle in programmes such as hit drama Heartbeat, Emmerdale and The Royal.

She told the YEP: "I used to wash dust sheets and bed linen for programmes such as Heartbeat and The Royal.

"I guess it just made me want to watch the programmes just in case there was anything on that I had washed and ironed.

"I just love working in the launderette.

"You get to meet people, but I don't wear a cardigan like Dot Branning in EastEnders."

Over the years she has cleaned personal items of clothing for some of the cast members of Emmerdale including Chris Chittell, who plays the loveable rogue Eric Pollard.

She has also washed and ironed clothing for Heartbeat regulars including Derek Fowlds who was best known as Oscar Blaketon.

But when Mrs Fish was quizzed about who had the grubbiest clothes she teased: "I think they are all quite well behaved really."

To celebrate the shop's 10th birthday customers were given some extra special treats and now Mrs Fish and her husband Mick hope they will be in business in another 10 years.

"I probably wouldn't get to see so many people in the village if I didn't have the launderette," she said.

"You just feel like you are doing something in part of the community that you know and have lived in all your life.

"The launderette could have been a white elephant but it has gone from strength to strength.

"The customers that come in are our bread and butter and keep you going.

"I'm thinking that I can see another 10 years here now."

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