Gossip HooverThis month, at Christmas-time, we have some special morsels of tittle-tattle for our festive readers, regarding what UK Cabaret subscribers have been up to lately. So, please put your feet up and sip a coffee and nibble a mince pie, while you check out the Christmas gossip.
We begin in a palatial mansion just out Doncaster, where acerbic compere and Peter Kay tribute comedian Lee Lard and his lovely wife Lyndsey, have kept up the tradition of producing baby boys at this special time of year. Lee and Lyndsey’s boy-child is to be christened Devon. Perhaps Lee and Lyndsey are following The Beckham’s who name their children where they were conceived? Maybe Mr& Mrs Lard enjoyed a night of passion nine months ago in the west-country. Just as well the gorgeous Lyndsey didn’t accompany hubby to his gig at Ramsbottom working men’s club.
Remaining in South Yorkshire, where dapper agent and UK Cabaret subscriber Neil Tomlinson of Was/Is, the Act Store is building a stable of slick and polished acts. Neil opines that perhaps it is time for some of his roster of talent to make their respective marks in the cruise cabaret scene. Neil answers his office phone with the cheery welcome: ’Greetings Was/Is’. By the look of the sheer quality of some of his acts, Neil may well be answering the phone to a new line of executive bookers before much longer.
To London-town now, where UK Cabaret feature writer and reviewer Mike Martin has been presented with accolade of Rat of the Year at the annual Grand Order of Water Rats ball. Take a look at Johnny Tait’s review in this very magazine e and well done to the most Grand skiffle musician we know.
Leading member of the infamous party band Black Lace, Dene Michael, has been experiencing yet another brush with fame. Seen on the small screen most recently doing the Agadoo on a seafront promenade, engaged in selling crisps with Gary Lineker, Dene was flown out business class to Dubai as a sort of celebrity reserve for the celebrity yuk-fest that is I’m a Celebrity- Get Me out of Here. Dene expressed his disappointment at not being chosen to make the final leg of the journey to Australia. However the Gossip Hoover believes that he would have to be a real Superman to survive the bush-tucker trials, which seem to have caused so many desperate Z-Listers to Do the Conga all the way to the nearest loo.
For the last word in this festive edition of the Gossip Hoover, we head to the very posh spa town of Harrogate, where retired cabaret singing star Jackie Hanson now resides. The gorgeous Jackie has been doing good deeds for a number of close friends at Christmastime. UK Cabaret magazine editor Mark Ritchie has been made aware of the full strength of Ms Hanson’s altruism and wanted us to let Jackie know how appreciative he is.
The Gossip Hoover would like to wish everyone in show business circles a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2016. We will be back in the new-year with more Tittle-tattle.