Bobby Pattinson and friends will be generating laughter in a good cause at the Gala Theatre in Durham this weekend.
The popular North East comedian will be raising money for the northern region of the children’s charity, Variety, which recently presented him with their highest accolade, the Silver Heart, for his fund-raising efforts.
Bobby, who recorded his DVD Still Laughing at the venue, can call on a band of very merry men when he needs to put on a show.
On stage with him on Saturday will be fellow comedians Freddy ‘Parrot Face’ Davies, Bobby Dennis and Steve Womack.
Freddie is 76 now but he was a big TV name in the 1960s and 70s after finding fame on the ITV talent show, Opportunity Knocks.
In 1974 he had a children’s television series called The Small World of Samuel Tweet which suggests he was ahead of his time. Nearly everyone is tweeting these days.
Freddie’s Mr Tweet worked in a pet shop in a place called Chumpton Green. Freddie also appeared in a popular TV commercial for Trill bird seed whose unforgettable boast was that it “made budgies bounce with health”.
Music for the Gala Theatre show will be provided by the Steve Whitfield Sound.
Tony Thornton, chairman of Variety’s northern region said: “Variety is an organisation that exists solely to provide practical support to children who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged and our aim is to help as many of these children as possible.”
Bobby has pledged to raise money to sponsor another of the charity’s sunshine coaches to take youngsters on trips, bringing the total fleet to five.
For tickets to Saturday’s rib-tickling performance, contact the Gala Theatre on 03000 2666000.
Bobby Pattinson and Friends will be making another fund-raising effort when they appear at Playhouse Whitley Bay on September 20 – where Bobby recorded his first DVD, Bobby’s Back.