HE won television immortality in one of the best-loved shows this country has produced when he played a dithering vicar.

But actor Frank Williams showed no hesitation in accepting an invitation to sign copies of his book about those years.

He played the somewhat tetchy vicar of Walmington-on-Sea in the BBC's evergreen comedy Dad's Army and is appearing as Widow Twankey in Aladdin at the Grand Opera House in York.

However, he took time out to sign copies of his autobiography, called Vicar to Dad's Army, at the city's SPCK bookshop, in Goodramgate. Although famous for his television role, Frank also has a strong religious side in real life.

As a layman, he has served on the Church of England's General Synod and on the Crown Appointments Commission, which advises on new bishops.