February Gossip Hoover
The Gossip Hoover has picked up many reports on the goings-on at the Keeping it Live showcase, staged in Blackpool last month. For reasons best known to themselves, the organisers of the event choose not to invite the trade press in to review the show. What we do know for sure is that the event was somewhat of a truncated affair this year, with the showcase only being staged over two days, instead of the intended three. This created a whole bundle of bother for many disgruntled ‘Keeping- It-Livers’, who had to make many late changes to hotel arrangements. Compere Tank Sherman did not appear this year. Instead the excellent Craig Harper stepped in and did a grand, albeit shortened performance.
Well done to UK cabaret’s smallest subscriber Little Sam Lyons, who has been named favourite comedy and vocal act in a Clubland awards show. That splendid North Midlands publication The Entertainer has invited this fun-size singer and entertainer to receive her award next month at a social club venue in Nottinghamshire and
To the Chester area now, where the very fragrant and lovely Blackpool agent and UK Cabaret columnist Vicci Lucas certainly knows how to make an entrance and schmooz a show business event. Seen recently at the Paul Bridson showcase event in Pulford, on the North Wales border, the very gorgeous Vicci was looking a million dollars as she worked the room, prior to the curtain going up. It’s surely a gift, perhaps known only to beautiful New Zealanders.
To the Bolton area now, where UK Cabaret subscriber and Doris Day tribute singer Jean Pasquille is progressing well with her new venture into ballroom dancing championships. The lovely Jean is proving strictly strict in her daily training regime and the Gossip Hoover has been told Jean looks a treat in her ball-gown.
To Bedfordshire now where legendary Ian ‘Ding’ Davis has been in a spot of bother. The agent and UK Cabaret subscriber has been enduring a bit of eye surgery, due to a dodgy cataract. Hopefully Ding will have his act-watching equipment back in full working order before much longer.
The legendary agent of yesteryear John Bridges hasn’t been too well lately. Mr Bridges was as straight as an arrow, back in the days when he used to run Dukeries entertainments in Nottinghamshire. This business needs more like him, so hopefully he’ll be on the mend soon.
Finally from the G.H this month, one of UK Cabaret’s most loyal supporters Freda Beach is looking forward to getting her hubby David back from Hospital, after a bit of surgery. Hopefully Mr and Mrs Beach will be out and about on the holiday centre cabaret scene again very soon. David may even be doing his celebrated impression of Blakey, from On the Buses, for the doctors and nurses.
We’re back in March with more gossip. Don’t miss it!