CA­REER’S CROWN­ING GLORY

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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

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