Va­ri­ety re­ally is the spice of life for vet­eran co­me­dian

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En­ter­tainer Roy Hudd is as en­thu­si­as­tic about show­busi­ness as ever. As he pre­pares for a fundrais­ing show in East Anglia, he tells Rachel Ban­ham how much he loves the re­gion.

In­ter­view­ing Roy Hudd is a bit like hav­ing a huge in­jec­tion of cheer­ful­ness and en­ergy. Whether he’s speak­ing about per­form­ing, his beloved mu­si­cal hall, or Suf­folk, which he made his home some 15 years ago, he oozes pos­i­tiv­ity.

An Evening With Roy Hudd OBE takes place at the The­atre Royal, Bury St Ed­munds, on Sun­day, May 27. Roy’s wife Deb­bie will in­ter­view him, as only she dares, and dig out some of the sto­ries, songs and anec­dotes from Roy’s 60 years in show­busi­ness. From va­ri­ety, mu­si­cals, pan­tomime, stage, ra­dio and tele­vi­sion – Roy will tell all about his long ca­reer and will spill the beans on the leg­endary names he loves and ad­mires ... and the oth­ers!

Roy and Deb­bie are kindly giv­ing their time free to sup­port the The­atre Royal. “I love that the­atre,” Roy says. “You feel so close to the au­di­ence, it’s just mar­vel­lous. They’re lovely au­di­ences there too – they love their the­atre.”

Tick­ets are also avail­able to join a pri­vate post-show re­cep­tion with Roy and Deb­bie.

The evening fol­lows a sim­i­lar show which Roy and Deb­bie did at the Re­gal The­atre, Stow­mar­ket, in April. That show raised funds for Can­cer Re­search UK and Stow­mar­ket ASD Satur­day Club.

Roy, who is orig­i­nally from Lon­don, and Deb­bie, who is orig­i­nally from Black­pool, live near Stow­mar­ket. Roy says they love the area.

“The peo­ple are great,” he says. “I was evac­u­ated dur­ing the war to near Northamp­ton and even though we were Lon­don­ers born and bred, I didn’t want to go back to Lon­don, I loved it in the coun­try.

“And so all th­ese years that we were liv­ing away in Lon­don both of us wanted to come back to the coun­try be­cause we both love it.”

Of Suf­folk, he adds: “We never get tired of it. It’s just a beau­ti­ful county – mar­vel­lous peo­ple. It’s been a joy for both of us.

“I re­mem­ber when we first moved here, driv­ing back from Lon­don, as we passed ‘Wel­come To Suf­folk’ with­out any nudg­ing each other or any­thing, both of us burst into a cheer – si­mul­ta­ne­ously, with­out even look­ing or say­ing. So that’s how much we like it.”

Roy re­calls how it was the an­i­mal im­pres­sion­ist, and fel­low Water Rat, the late Percy Edwards who rec­om­mended the county to him.

“I loved his ac­cent and ev­ery­thing, it was real Suf­folk,” Roy says. “He al­ways used to say to me: ‘I’ve got to know you very well now, my dear, and I’m telling you Suf­folk - that’s where you’d like to live’.

“And I never thought about it ever again un­til we got here and then I thought: ‘Oh, blimey, this is what

Percy wanted me to do!’”

Roy re­calls the lovely hol­i­days he has had on the Nor­folk Broads, an area he de­scribes as “just magic”.

In Suf­folk, he likes Stow­mar­ket and one of his favourite places is Need­ham Mar­ket which he says has “a ter­rific se­lec­tion of real shops” and “a lovely at­mos­phere”.

He says: “The peo­ple who serve you in the shops are smash­ing. They care about peo­ple and it’s in­ter­est­ing to hear what other peo­ple get up to and their opin­ions on stuff.

“It’s a dear lit­tle mar­ket town, tiny but it’s got ev­ery­thing there. Ev­ery­body knows ev­ery­body ... it’s like a vil­lage re­ally.”

Roy re­cently ap­peared on TV in Great Canal Jour­neys with ac­tress Prunella Scales and ac­tor Ti­mothy West, which he de­scribes as “ter­rific fun”.

“I did that from Yar­mouth,” he re­calls. “I’ve got very happy mem­o­ries of Yar­mouth - most happy sum­mer sea­sons I’ve done with Frank Ifield and Mike Yar­wood and all sorts of peo­ple over the years. I al­ways en­joy play­ing there be­cause they’re great au­di­ences.”

He adds: “I’ve never got over the fact that any­one pays me for do­ing what I do any­way, be­cause I en­joy it. When you’re work­ing you should be do­ing some­thing that you don’t par­tic­u­larly like, but they give you money – it’s not right

Roy Hudd, on the sunny side of the street.

Pic­ture of Roy on this page: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Roy Hudd at home in Suf­folk.

Roy vis­it­ing The Gazette Bookshop in Bun­gay in 2009 to sign copies of his book.

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