CAREER’S CROWNING GLORY
THE Queen, it seems, is also a fan of the veteran Solihull entertainer.
On Tuesday, September 12, Malcolm will be joined by his wife Jean, Becky and Tim at the Council House in Birmingham where he will be presented with a British Empire Medal for his services to theatre and charity.
“I thought somebody was winding me up when I was told I was in the New Year’s Honours’ List,” says Malc. “We went to the garden party at Buckingham Palace in June, which was attended by about 5,000 others including foreign dignitaries.
“The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were there all afternoon, meeting people in the searing heat.
“Although we didn’t get to speak to them it was lovely just to see them and incredible to think there was somebody there from Saltley – me!
“The award means a hell of a lot and it will be nice to get it in Birmingham where I’ve spent 45 years working in the theatre, doing gigs and doing my bit for different charities.
“It’s just nice to get the recognition, really, for the fulfilment of a career.
“My parents would be the proudest people in the world right now. My dad certainly wouldn’t believe a member of his family would ever have got to Buckingham Palace.
“One of the people there was the Archbishop of York John Sentamu, the former Bishop of Birmingham who remembered me from my BBC WM days.”
Malcolm with Jasper Carrott and Don Maclean