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We are now into February and looking back to my favourite January memory. It has to be The Rochdale Mayor’s Charity Extravaganza organized by former mayor our good friend Peter Rush which took place at The Heywood Civic Centre.

Heywood 2017 3The show got off to a good start with a young singer who had the unusual name of BABYOLA. He had a really nice voice which John, Dave and I all agreed was reminiscent of the great SAM COOKE. He was followed by CARNABY STREET, Clive, Mick and John paying tribute to the sixties like only they can.

Closing the first half we had our good friend JIMMY CRICKET. What can I say about this guy that hasn’t been said before? The audience loved him, and what’s not to love. I personally have known him for nearly fifty years and his enthusiasm for entertaining people has not diminished one iota, and it shows.

I was glad we were following the interval and not Jimmy, Ha!

We really enjoyed our part in the show, especially the reaction from the audience which was first class as was the backing from CARNABY STREET.

The whole show was linked together by our great pal DUSTY YOUNG, who stood in as compere at the very last minute. Dusty has a style of his own which enables him to work with other comedians such as Jimmy, without clashing. Unfortunately he had to rush off as he had another show to do, in July, hence he does not appear on the photographs.

It was nice to meet the current Mayor, the Lady Mayor and the sponsors; they were on the front row with Peter and sang louder than anyone.

We know a lot of our fans travel a long way and we thank them especially Irene and her party who came all the way from Wolverhampton. Their friend Jackie couldn’t make it as she had just had a serious operation so we have sent her a card and wish her a speedy recovery.

Hope to see some of you at The Lowther Pavilion in Lytham on February the 24th in what promises to be a great show.

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As I have pointed out before we only advertise on our site venues when the promoter sends us a poster and specifically asks us to. Most of our venues like WARNERS and THE VARIOUS CRUISE LINES etc. have their own advertising outlets.

It’s a long time since we have worked Stoke on Trent so we are looking forward to going back there on April 15th. For details see poster.

The Blackpool Branch of EQUITY tell us there are still a few tickets available for The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham on the 24th of February, It’s what we call in the business A PROPER SHOW.

We have just had an email from our old friend POP LARKIN from Salford Community Radio, Pop has interviewed us many times and promoted our shows and played our records. The station is run by volunteers and due to council cut backs it is destined to close in September unless a sponsor can be found. If there is anyone out there who might be able to help in any way simply log on to

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Thank you Des Day and all the acts from the Blackpool Branch of Equity for putting on a great show and all in aid of THE LOWTHER PAVILION DEVELOPMENT FUND. Great audience, great staff, great theatre. And yes Irene our number one fan and her three friends travelled all the way from West Bromwich in dreadful weather along with our fans from Manchester. THANK YOU. We would just like to say how nice it was to be back in Blackpool again (Well Lytham actually) If you look back through the years on our web site you will see that we have done six summer seasons at The North Pier Theatre. The most memorable I suppose would be 2002 when we did 22 weeks. Thank you promoter DUGGIE CHAPMAN who in our opinion epitomises Blackpool.
kevinI happened to mention on Facebook that the 13th of March marks the 7th anniversary of Kevin’s passing and as it is every year the response was tremendous. I don’t think he ever realized how well thought of he was. I always think that at this time of year its nice to log on to TRIBUTE TO KEVIN to remind ourselves what a great person he really was.

Duggie ChapmanOn the 21st of April our world of show business paid tribute to Blackpool impresario DUGGIE CHAPMAN MBE who sadly passed away on the 1st of April. His final appearance was at The Lowther Pavilion in Lytham and as Beryl his long-time partner said in her thank you “he went out to a full house and a standing ovation “and no one deserved it more.

Unfortunately I could not be there as I was in New York; Dave was also away but his fellow Water Rat John Stokes I’m happy to say was there to represent us.


If you look through our web site going back 22 years no promoter is mentioned more than Duggie Chapman. He had faith in us right from the very beginning and no one gave us more work than he did. Some people gamble on Horses, Football or Dogs etc but he gambled on people, people he believed had talent, who would fit into a variety show and for that, a lot of us, who appeared on his many shows will be forever grateful. The smell of his cigar will forever linger around the dressing rooms of many theatres up and down the country. . A talented man in his own right from a child actor to one of the best Music Hall chairmen ever - but more importantly, a nice man.

Rest in peace Duggie it’s time to leave the stage.


You will recall back on the 26th of February Des Day from the Blackpool branch of EQUITY had us appearing in a show at The Lowther Pavilion to help raise funds for the development of the said theatre. Well it was so successful that we are putting our own show on there on Wednesday the 23rd of August at 2.30 pm. This time DES DAY will be our guest along with our favourite girl singer GAYNOR CONNOR. Tickets can be purchased from the box office and full details are on the poster.

Des also recommended us to CLEVELYS WORKING MENS CLUB who have booked us to appear on Wednesday night the 19th of July and tickets can be obtained from the club when they go on sale. Any problems contact Margaret our secretary.

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