Fa­mous faces and Sun­day For Sammy

The Chronicle - - Nostalgia -

SUN­DAY For Sammy is a show­busi­ness in­sti­tu­tion in the North East.

It hon­ours the pop­u­lar New­cas­tle-born ac­tor Sammy John­son who died in 1998 at the pre­ma­ture aged of 49.

Sammy had made his name ap­pear­ing in TV hits such as Spender, Auf Wieder­se­hen Pet, and the Tyne Tees adap­ta­tion of Cather­ine Cook­son’s The Gam­bling Man.

In re­sponse to his death, friends in the North East show­busi­ness com­mu­nity set up the Sammy John­son Me­mo­rial Fund, which would sup­port young per­form­ers from the re­gion who needed fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

In 2000, Sammy’s show­biz pals Tim Healy and Jimmy Nail or­gan­ised the first Sun­day For Sammy con­cert at New­cas­tle City Hall.

They in­vited big names from the re­gion’s en­ter­tain­ment and sport­ing worlds to join them and per­form songs and sketches.

A host of lo­cal celebri­ties, such as Peter Beard­s­ley, Mike Neville and Denise Welch, heeded the call and the show was such a suc­cess it was de­cided that the pro­duc­tion should take place ev­ery two years.

Cen­tral to the show’s en­dur­ing ap­peal has been the role of Healy, Nail and their Auf Wieder­se­hen, Pet col­leagues Kevin What­ley, Ti­mothy Spall and Chris Fair­bank, who have all ap­peared, on and off, in sketches since 2000.

AC/DC’s Brian John­son, Ant and Dec, Dire Straights su­per­star Mark Knopfler, Lind­is­farne and Joe McElderry among many other stars have do­nated their time.

The show’s pro­ducer, Ray Laid­law said: “Sun­day For Sammy is unique. No other part of the coun­try has an event that cel­e­brates its re­gional pop­u­lar cul­ture on such a scale while supporting the next gen­er­a­tion of per­form­ers.” ■■In 2018, Sun­day For Sammy will re-lo­cate to New­cas­tle’s Metro Ra­dio Arena for two the­atrestyle per­for­mances on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18.

Tick­ets cost­ing £35 are avail­able at www. metro­ra­dioarena.co.uk, from the book­ing hot­line num­ber 0844 493 6666, or in per­son from the Metro Ra­dio Arena Box Of­fice. Tick­ets are also avail­able from New­cas­tle The­atre Royal.

WITH THE 2018 SHOW IN PREPA­RA­TION, WE RE­CALL SOME OF ITS STARS

Auf Wierder­se­hen Pet lads, Sun­day For Sammy, 2004 Bren­dan Healey and pals, Sun­day For Sammy, 2006-2008 Brian John­son and pals, Sun­day For Sammy, 2006-2008 Joe McElderry, Sun­day For Sammy, 2010-2014

Auf Wieder­se­hen Pet lads, Sun­day For Sammy, 2006-2008 Peter Beard­s­ley, Sun­day For Sammy, 2004 Loose Women, Sun­day For Sammy, 2010-2014 Mark Knopfler and pals, Sun­day For Sammy, 2010-2014

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