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Title: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 16, 2017, 01:25:01 PM
Are there any figures i.e.DJs, local sports heroes, ex-regional TV people who are massive iconic presences in your region but completely unknown. Recently had a conversation about this with a friend from Plymouth, and the region-wide idolisation of the late TSW continuity announcer Ian Stirling who could pack out local theatres in plays and yet was completely unknown outside the southwest.

I replied with UTV/Ulster's continuity man, Julian "and now on the UTV" Simmons, who until the ITV buyout of UTV last year was still in-vision.
In the rest of Ireland, it's a different matter. There are surprisingly local stars, mainly in radio - Neil Prendeville, country-promoter  Paul Claffey, but some comics who are huge in one region, and not elsewhere - i.e. the Bachelors in Trouble - big inWaterford, Cork, Munster, but nowhere else.
In Ireland, there is a subset of the foreigner who moved here and became famous, ie. .British drag queen/Brendan OCarroll-Paul O'Grady pal Alan "Mr. Pussy" Amsby, a fixture in Irish cabaret since the late 60s, Liverpool-born country sensation Nathan Carter who was one of the last acts promoted by Wogan, and apparently Louisiana-born country cabaret star Robert Mizzell.

See also the phenomenon of local comedy - your Jimmie Young, Scotch and Wry, Ryan and Ronnie.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on July 16, 2017, 01:47:13 PM
Hmmm, I dunno... people like Ryan Tubridy and Joe Duffy would be known nationally (and Duffy is actually in the Mrs. Brown's Boys movie), trying to think of Dublin celebs who wouldn't really be known outside of the Fair Shitty City. Even Dustin the turkey.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 16, 2017, 01:51:26 PM
Well, local newscasters often pop up in films. Charles Mitchel in 1980's the Outsider, Anne Cassin, Dave Fanning and in Ordinary Decent Criminal, Jimmy Greeley in the Outsider and with Cassin in Veronica Guerin...
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: shh on July 16, 2017, 01:54:51 PM
Dave Courtney, Plumstead, not sure how well known he (or his house) is outside SE18.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3735/12913428214_a378229466_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on July 16, 2017, 01:55:19 PM
It was weird seeing someone playing John Giles in The Damned United, actually.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on July 16, 2017, 02:45:23 PM
Astro from UB40 used to live in my mates village. The kids used to ask for his autograph.

One of my mates worked in a launderette and made him have a strop by saying he didn't have time to wash his massive fur coat.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 16, 2017, 03:45:47 PM
Dave Courtney, is that  the bald "I'm a gangster!" bloke?

Isn't Astro at least nationally notable?

See also, in Ireland, the likes of Dickie Rock, who despite Eurovision never quite broke though eslewhere, apparently because he was so big in Ireland, he couldn't focus elsewhere. Joe Dolan did, to an extent, but faded.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: touchingcloth on July 16, 2017, 03:51:38 PM
I used to live in Herefordshire, where John "Boycie Boy" Challis lives out his dotage by assuming for himself the role of the county's chief nimby. Barely a week went by without a letter from the old duffer decrying plans to put wind farms up.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 16, 2017, 05:05:03 PM
Hmmm, I dunno... people like Ryan Tubridy and Joe Duffy would be known nationally (and Duffy is actually in the Mrs. Brown's Boys movie), trying to think of Dublin celebs who wouldn't really be known outside of the Fair Shitty City. Even Dustin the turkey.
Mattress Mick?


RTE were criticised when their Dancing with the Stars featured a barely-known Kerry GAA player with a really annoying face, who they even said, "He's a big man in Kerry, but people from outside Kerry will get to know him now." or words to that effect.

I mean people who are celebs locally, not celebs who live locally, but people who are only regionally famous.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Ian Drunken Smurf on July 16, 2017, 06:53:32 PM
Peter André gets column inches in the Somerset County Gazette for going shopping in Taunton, and married his surgeon's daughter. Nothing to see, move along.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on July 16, 2017, 08:35:09 PM
Mattress Mick?

Oh fuck George, spot on, I didn't think of him! There's a documentary about him (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPUrPYE8F6I) and everything! He kindly donated mattresses to the Apollo House protesters too.

This sign is a familiar sight on Moore St.:

(http://i.imgur.com/OpOnFpq.jpg)

And Richie Kavanagh done a song about him. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUpx31Y8874)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 16, 2017, 08:55:09 PM
Also, the Dice Man, but he's long gone.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: non capisco on July 16, 2017, 09:00:26 PM
TSW continuity announcer

I'm throughly enjoying the TV Cream mailout's current YouTube series about all the different ITV regions precisely for this sort of thing. For the entirety of its ten year run, and even before that on Westward, TSW had the ropey and inert rabbit puppet Gus Honeybun "announcing" kids' birthdays. The effort the continuity announcers had to go to make Gus Honeybun appear to have a personality is commendable. A great deal of the "Oi, pack it in, you!" Joe Beazley-esque approach that is just waggling a puppet up and down to denote it is 'misbehaving'.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 16, 2017, 10:57:35 PM
I've been contributing to that re:Ulster.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: non capisco on July 16, 2017, 11:03:24 PM
Nice one! It's so good, I've become fascinated by local TV regions again. I have an exceptionally high tolerance of voluntarily sitting through 1980s local news recordings, it has emerged. Can't get enough of that shit. Other people would think "I'm not going to get up really early on a Friday morning before work to watch an old YouTube clip of Chris Tarrant getting attacked by men dressed as Vikings in 1986" but not me, I love it.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Mr Banlon on July 16, 2017, 11:12:32 PM
Dave Courtney, Plumstead, not sure how well known he (or his house) is outside SE18.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3735/12913428214_a378229466_b.jpg)

I unfortunately look like him. I live in far West London. Judging by the amount of blokes who shout out at me from passing white vans,  'Dave you fucking legend' or 'Coutney, you facking graarse !' I'd say it's safe to say Mr Courtney is known a lot further afield than his Plumstead neighbourhood.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: shh on July 16, 2017, 11:31:43 PM
I unfortunately look like him. I live in far West London. Judging by the amount of blokes who shout out at me from passing white vans,  'Dave you fucking legend' or 'Coutney, you facking graarse !' I'd say it's safe to say Mr Courtney is known a lot further afield than his Plumstead neighbourhood.

Ah, as you were then.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Mr Banlon on July 16, 2017, 11:42:36 PM
Ah, as you were then.

I wish it was how it was. BC (before Courtney)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Captain Poodle Basher on July 17, 2017, 10:34:37 AM
Mattress Mick?


RTE were criticised when their Dancing with the Stars featured a barely-known Kerry GAA player with a really annoying face, who they even said, "He's a big man in Kerry, but people from outside Kerry will get to know him now." or words to that effect.

I mean people who are celebs locally, not celebs who live locally, but people who are only regionally famous.


I don't know her name but what about that alleged comedienne with the Jackeen accent - mostly does panto. Only seems to be on local Dublin radio and nowhere else advertising herself or some local business in a voice that could strip paint.

In Cork, we have John O'Donovan. Serial protester (Anti-austerity and anti-abortion mostly) and on speed dial for either of the local radio stations as their go-to-guy for his opinion on all manner of topics.


Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: shiftwork2 on July 17, 2017, 10:38:42 AM
That Dave Courtney gaff is beautifully understated.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: studpuppet on July 17, 2017, 10:46:57 AM
I wish it was how it was. BC (before Courtney)

Speaking of BC, Helen McDermott on Anglia. Probably not that well known outside of the region but she's definitely one of the presenters that Susie Blake based her parody on for the Victoria Wood As Seen On TV skits.

She's brilliant because a) she ALWAYS used to attack BC at the end of every Birthday Club, and b) she once came onto the mic about 15 mins after the closedown one night and said in a husky voice, "You're insatiable. Now turn the TV off and go to bed..."

https://youtu.be/FY0-XvjIfmc?t=3m4s (https://youtu.be/FY0-XvjIfmc?t=3m4s)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Shaky on July 17, 2017, 11:00:41 AM
"Uncle" Hugo:

(http://i.imgur.com/1KbdUeU.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: doppelkorn on July 17, 2017, 11:02:05 AM
Robbie Williams' best mate Jonathan Wilkes used to be massive in Stoke and always played the lead in the big pantomime in Hanley. His big break was when he got the You've Been Framed gig, but he fell down the steps while walking out to film his first episode :-(
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: spamwangler on July 17, 2017, 11:03:19 AM
Dave Courtney, Plumstead, not sure how well known he (or his house) is outside SE18.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3735/12913428214_a378229466_b.jpg)

the original and best legend gary
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: spamwangler on July 17, 2017, 11:05:26 AM
Oh fuck George, spot on, I didn't think of him! There's a documentary about him (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPUrPYE8F6I) and everything! He kindly donated mattresses to the Apollo House protesters too.

This sign is a familiar sight on Moore St.:

(http://i.imgur.com/OpOnFpq.jpg)

And Richie Kavanagh done a song about him.
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUpx31Y8874)

he looks great!
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Bazooka on July 17, 2017, 11:22:16 AM
If anyone lives in Hull it will be Ronnie Pickering

(http://i1.hulldailymail.co.uk/incoming/article87341.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Ronnie-Pickering.jpg)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: funtimefrankie on July 17, 2017, 11:26:07 AM
Round Preston we have singing sensation Stephen Bayliss. Who probably would have had a good go on xfactor or the likes but came a bit too late for him. Used to do Panto, sing at football games etc but never had a big breakthrough despite repeated pushes in the 90s - often mentioned in local press.

Still gets a couple of grand for singing at weddings weekly mind, so sure he's not too upset.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Pdine on July 17, 2017, 11:27:30 AM
(http://web.plymouth.gov.uk/gus-honeybun.jpg)
Gus Honeybun (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus_Honeybun)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Carpool Dragon on July 17, 2017, 11:30:56 AM
I don't know her name but what about that alleged comedienne with the Jackeen accent - mostly does panto. Only seems to be on local Dublin radio and nowhere else advertising herself or some local business in a voice that could strip paint.
(http://www.dublintown.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/june-rodgers.jpg)
June Rodgers, aka. the egg woman from Pink Flamingos.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on July 17, 2017, 11:34:50 AM
This classy pair.  Local radio presenters the Wadsworths, recently sentenced to porridge.

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSU8O5yBkopyXki-mAEFnAgY3LixpcRy4V7ovqTTgP6FE7ly6cfDw)

(https://www.thetimes.co.uk/imageserver/image/methode%2Ftimes%2Fprod%2Fweb%2Fbin%2F78bb7936-4d36-11e7-8b46-aeb9dec90269.jpg?crop=1224%2C689%2C0%2C68&resize=685)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Captain Poodle Basher on July 17, 2017, 12:00:05 PM
(http://www.dublintown.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/june-rodgers.jpg)
June Rodgers, aka. the egg woman from Pink Flamingos.

Thank you. That's her. A few years ago she had a promo ad for her upcoming panto season that aired every morning for about a month just before 7 am on RTE Radio One so I got to hear her 'dulcet tones' Monday to Friday as the mother of all wake up calls.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on July 17, 2017, 01:41:18 PM
Also, the Dice Man, but he's long gone.

Ah yes. Remember him going up and down Henry and Grafton St., or standing still as a statue then suddenly winking or sticking his tongue out at you.

The Diceman Thom McGinty. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmov_4sOTmU)

(http://www.dublintown.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/june-rodgers.jpg)
June Rodgers, aka. the egg woman from Pink Flamingos.

Oh fuck me... I consider myself a true Dub, but you lot are putting me to shame... maybe I'm just having an extended brain-fart. Yes. June Rodgers. A Dublin panto legend since forever. Then she went supernova with an appearance in Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yEy1zPEhyc).

Oh yeah, there's Shirley Temple Bar (Declan Buckley), who went on to present Telly Bingo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGcZ9ep_BeQ) but eventually took the wig off. Has since been succeeded as Ireland's foremost drag queen thanks to Panti Bliss (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db2857BR7GM) (Rory O' Neill) who is not originally from Dublin but runs the PantiBar on Capel St.

And now that I think of it, how about the late, great, Maureen Potter? Here she is in a racist Kimberley Mikado ad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRQAa7eA9l4).

Well, local newscasters often pop up in films. Charles Mitchel in 1980's the Outsider, Anne Cassin, Dave Fanning and in Ordinary Decent Criminal, Jimmy Greeley in the Outsider and with Cassin in Veronica Guerin...

The likes of Larry Gogan, Ronan Collins and, of course, the late Gerry Ryan are/were RTE stalwarts, but just thought I'd mention them as local lads. On a side note, not a Dubliner, but who remembers the late Vincent Hanley? Used to love watching MT-USA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yavZSEjcQI) on a Sunday!

Also, here's a nostalgic blast of Aonghus McAnally on Henry St. at Christmas in the '80s (http://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/922-christmas-tv-past/287790-christmas-traders-on-henry-street/). Only copped recently that he's the son of the late actor Ray McAnally, duh!
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 17, 2017, 02:36:12 PM
"Uncle" Hugo:

(http://i.imgur.com/1KbdUeU.jpg?1)
An early memory is Hugo Duncan and George Jones, not that one hosting some sub Its a Knockout BBC NI gameshow.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 17, 2017, 02:40:55 PM
(http://www.dublintown.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/june-rodgers.jpg)
June Rodgers, aka. the egg woman from Pink Flamingos.
She is an old sparring partner of Brendan O'Carroll, hence her roles in both Agnes Browne and D'Movie. One of her  "characters" is secret agent Oliver  Bond, named after some Dublin flats. That is the joke.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: SteveDave on July 17, 2017, 03:24:50 PM
If anyone lives in Hull it will be Ronnie Pickering

(http://i1.hulldailymail.co.uk/incoming/article87341.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Ronnie-Pickering.jpg)

Who?
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Wet Blanket on July 17, 2017, 03:30:21 PM
If anyone lives in Hull it will be Ronnie Pickering

(http://i1.hulldailymail.co.uk/incoming/article87341.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Ronnie-Pickering.jpg)

Look North presenter Peter Levy and his arch nemesis, weatherman Paul Hudson border on the iconic round these parts too
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: studpuppet on July 17, 2017, 04:08:09 PM
Just reminded myself of Major Stuart Benest, owner of a couple of local supermarkets in Jersey who (despite pleas from the marketing dept) did his own advert voiceovers:

1977: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekPmkicR34Q (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekPmkicR34Q)

1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxcnJ9S0O4c (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxcnJ9S0O4c)

Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzNJ1btG8rE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzNJ1btG8rE)

Philosophy of Retailing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFOBkK63MsU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFOBkK63MsU)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 17, 2017, 04:38:44 PM
Dublin cabaret comics Sil Fox and Noel V Ginnity. Mother told me about the dreadful reception the former got when he performed at her office party, and the former only became nationally famous when involved in a kidnapping IIRC, thus getting his own Late Late Show tribute, despite previously being an unknown.
Both regulars on the funny Friday slot on Joe Duffy's Lahv-Lahn.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: doppelkorn on July 17, 2017, 05:23:30 PM
Just reminded myself of Major Stuart Benest, owner of a couple of local supermarkets in Jersey who (despite pleas from the marketing dept) did his own advert voiceovers:

1977: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekPmkicR34Q (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekPmkicR34Q)

1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxcnJ9S0O4c (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxcnJ9S0O4c)

Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzNJ1btG8rE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzNJ1btG8rE)

Philosophy of Retailing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFOBkK63MsU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFOBkK63MsU)

We're possibly due a new BENESTS OF MILLBROOK thread, but we've probably mined all the good bits. Mind you, look at the L&L thread...

"WINE! The great enemy!"
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: non capisco on July 17, 2017, 05:40:26 PM
Benests of Millbrook (and Fineprice!) is one of the greatest things I've ever discovered through here.

"THE DRUMBEAT OF SUCCESS!"

Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on July 17, 2017, 08:11:13 PM
Ah yes, Captain Two-Litaaaaaar! Having visited Jersey several times from childhood to my early 20's, I feel like I can kind of 'honourarily' have him as a local star. Tremendous protein value...

I replied with UTV/Ulster's continuity man, Julian "and now on the UTV" Simmons, who until the ITV buyout of UTV last year was still in-vision.

What about ye?! Used to love his camp introductions to Corrie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KIdv-fjvDU).

According to Wiki: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Simmons)

Quote
In addition to his presenting career at UTV, Simmons starred in the film Wild About Harry, playing the role of Michael Bay.

What?! Not that Michael Bay, surely...

Quote
In an interview in 2008, Simmons announced that he was gay.

Mate, we figured that out a loooooong time before that...

(http://i.imgur.com/Ba9xaGO.jpg)

See also, in Ireland, the likes of Dickie Rock, who despite Eurovision never quite broke though eslewhere, apparently because he was so big in Ireland, he couldn't focus elsewhere. Joe Dolan did, to an extent, but faded.

Urgh, the whole showbands/bland country music thing here is really depressing, although I have a fondness for poor old Joe... gone ten years now, he is. I'm sure you recall that Joe's 90's album, which covered the likes of Blur's 'The Universal' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0BOqijJhiE) and Reef's 'Place Your Hands'.

Noel V Ginnity.

He seems to pop up every year in Dun Laoghaire's Royal Marine Hotel Christmas show... there was a poster up a few years ago featuring his red-nosed face, which I managed to find online (can't find it now, though) and use as a H.S.Art whimsy thing about Bob Geldof being an alcoholic or summit.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 17, 2017, 09:21:22 PM
Oh god, I was in film school in Dun Laoghaire three years ago, and all those posters were all over the town. I had heard his act, but never seen it, and now imagine him as basically Krusty the Klown doing his Chinese act.

I do miss Julian and in-vision continuity. I really do. Friends from the mainland UK are often astonished when I told them I grew up with in-vision through UTV. Although when I was wee, his voice did scare me.

Showbands depressing?
In what way? The idea of these figures who never quite broke through, touring to play their old fans, but with all the regret that "if I had quit, I may have been somewhat bigger. I may have a house in Torremolinos, but I could have been a Vegas headliner."

And yes, I know some showbands did do Vegas, Dolan, Brendan Bowyer and the big 8, but Rock never did. 

Or just depressing music, of the old Ireland.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: thecuriousorange on July 17, 2017, 10:33:17 PM
(http://static.wixstatic.com/media/4e0ff8_d80dc636e1d844bfaf8a7f9af95508a1~mv2_d_1519_1240_s_2.jpg_256)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: non capisco on July 17, 2017, 10:49:51 PM
(http://static.wixstatic.com/media/4e0ff8_d80dc636e1d844bfaf8a7f9af95508a1~mv2_d_1519_1240_s_2.jpg_256)

I'll be the judge of that, pal.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: shiftwork2 on July 17, 2017, 10:55:46 PM
Benests of Millbrook (and Fineprice!) is one of the greatest things I've ever discovered through here.

"THE DRUMBEAT OF SUCCESS!"

There's that and there's RENEWED VIGOUR.  Fucker knows he's in charge.

I don't know if it's how these clips are presented on youtube but there's an awkwardly overlong silent shot of some cunt hesitantly reversing into a parking space on lots of these that I find hilarious.

https://youtu.be/WxcnJ9S0O4c (https://youtu.be/WxcnJ9S0O4c)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: non capisco on July 17, 2017, 11:03:07 PM
There's that and there's RENEWED VIGOUR.  Fucker knows he's in charge.

I don't know if it's how these clips are presented on youtube but there's an awkwardly overlong silent shot of some cunt hesitantly reversing into a parking space on lots of these that I find hilarious.

https://youtu.be/WxcnJ9S0O4c (https://youtu.be/WxcnJ9S0O4c)

Oh man, dying here. The car gingerly reversing in silence for ages and then your boy suddenly steams in with "AS MEMORIES OF 1988 VANISH INTO THE MISTS..."
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 17, 2017, 11:13:04 PM
(http://static.wixstatic.com/media/4e0ff8_d80dc636e1d844bfaf8a7f9af95508a1~mv2_d_1519_1240_s_2.jpg_256)
He's waiting for the day when Sil Fox dies, so he can take his place on Funny Friday.
The thing is his songs could easily be covered by the modern country and Irish stars, yer Ritchie Remos or Marty Mones, who sing similar songs like Hit the Diff with straight faces in attempts to be teen idols. It's just the difference. Being an alleged comedy performer not an alleged country performer.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: darby o chill on July 17, 2017, 11:44:52 PM
On a side note, not a Dubliner, but who remembers the late Vincent Hanley? Used to love watching MT-USA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yavZSEjcQI) on a Sunday!

Fab Vinnie! Yeah loved it. Well ahead of the curve. There was a radio documentary/tribute thing on some regional station about 4 months ago but I missed it. I caught a short feature on RTE R1 with Bill Hughes (producer from 85 till the end) but it wasn't great.

edit: found it
https://www.mixcloud.com/fanningsessions/vincent-hanley-cominatcha/
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: bomb_dog on July 18, 2017, 02:02:28 AM
How about Big Jeff in Bristol? Goes to 7-10 gigs a week, apparently, and seemingly is at every gig I go to in Bristol.

I was told he was in an accident and can 'see' music now. He fucking loves live music. There's documentaries on him on YouTube apparently.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Shaky on July 18, 2017, 04:04:30 AM
An early memory is Hugo Duncan and George Jones, not that one hosting some sub Its a Knockout BBC NI gameshow.

Oh God... George Jones. That squawking comedy sidekick he had on his radio show would probably qualify as another local "star" too.

Anyone mentioned NI sensation May McFetteridge yet?
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on July 18, 2017, 06:11:39 AM
How about Big Jeff in Bristol? Goes to 7-10 gigs a week, apparently, and seemingly is at every gig I go to in Bristol.

I was told he was in an accident and can 'see' music now. He fucking loves live music. There's documentaries on him on YouTube apparently.

Synaesthia.  I experienced that when on LSD, once.  I was turning the pages of a book, and every page I turned was accompanied with a small flash of white light at the page edge.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: thenoise on July 18, 2017, 07:42:51 AM
How about Big Jeff in Bristol? Goes to 7-10 gigs a week, apparently, and seemingly is at every gig I go to in Bristol.

I was told he was in an accident and can 'see' music now. He fucking loves live music. There's documentaries on him on YouTube apparently.
The documentary seems to have been taken down, hmmm.  I think he's a bit uncomfortable with his 'celebrity' status.  Nice guy though, he used to work on the City Farm, not sure if he still does.  If you have ever played in a band in Bristol it's an honour to look down from the stage and see the 'one man moshpit' himself, I knew that we had made it as a band :)

Was going to add Dutty Ken, legendary owner of the rough but fun St Paul's Reggae club Star and Garter, only just realised that he passed away earlier this year:(http://i2.bristolpost.co.uk/incoming/article409.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/Dutty-Ken.jpg)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 18, 2017, 09:06:13 AM
Oh God... George Jones. That squawking comedy sidekick he had on his radio show would probably qualify as another local "star" too.

Anyone mentioned NI sensation May McFetteridge yet?
The yellow Tayto to Mrs. Brown's red Tayto.
Eamonn Holmes' cousin too.

Town Challenge was the Hugo-George Jones show I was trying to remember.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: DrunkCountry on July 18, 2017, 11:13:58 AM
Here's a really good friend of mine having a 'tracks of my life' style interview on Radio Cardiff, the station (under previous management) that sacked him a couple of years ago but is now wooing him back with this personality focus special. God bless him, heart of gold, a top fellah & does a shit ton of community radio work & music promotion across South Wales, but this doesn't half swoop in & out of Patridgean territory throughout, kicking off fantastically with his first choice tune Gangsta's Paradise, aided unintentionally by the clattering/frequently astounded local DJ trying to get a word in/ask a meaningful question. Lots of aggressive self-promotion, cross-talk, contradiction, 'back in the day' reminiscences, cod philosophy, multi-faceted career paths, rags to riches, good times & hard times anecdotes, life affirming fables/metaphors, positivity, repeated taking control of the interview/show, names dropped, technical chaos, etc. It's a pretty good summation of his life, all told, &, as far as I am aware, all true.

https://www.mixcloud.com/BigScottRadio/big-scott-on-radio-cardiffs-faith-walker-show-13-07-2017/ (https://www.mixcloud.com/BigScottRadio/big-scott-on-radio-cardiffs-faith-walker-show-13-07-2017/)

Originally posted in the Alan Partridge - Inheritance Tracks Radio 4 thread but deleted & moved here because this seems far more appropriate.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on July 18, 2017, 02:25:16 PM
Aha, here's someone I should have thought of sooner... Pat Ingoldsby. Used to do kids' TV in the '80s, and has been a common sight on Dublin's streets for years, selling his poetry books and that.

(http://i.imgur.com/J7WCBNs.jpg)

Another person who comes to mind is former Late Late Show pianist Frank McNamara, although apparently he's internationally renowned.

I remember walking past The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney one day on Ormond Quay... 'Hey! It's Paddy Moloney from The Chieftains all of a sudden!'

Showbands depressing?
In what way? The idea of these figures who never quite broke through, touring to play their old fans, but with all the regret that "if I had quit, I may have been somewhat bigger. I may have a house in Torremolinos, but I could have been a Vegas headliner."

And yes, I know some showbands did do Vegas, Dolan, Brendan Bowyer and the big 8, but Rock never did. 

Or just depressing music, of the old Ireland.

Yeah, it's just all a decrepit, reactionary and ugly and unimaginative... even Partridge would find that stuff "Saaaaaaad!"

I'll be the judge of that, pal.

You got there first... WOW, great minds!

Fab Vinnie! Yeah loved it. Well ahead of the curve. There was a radio documentary/tribute thing on some regional station about 4 months ago but I missed it. I caught a short feature on RTE R1 with Bill Hughes (producer from 85 till the end) but it wasn't great.

edit: found it
https://www.mixcloud.com/fanningsessions/vincent-hanley-cominatcha/

Must give that a listen, cheers.

Anyone mentioned NI sensation May McFetteridge yet?

The yellow Tayto to Mrs. Brown's red Tayto.
Eamonn Holmes' cousin too.

Oh fuck me, yeah, that yolk is creepy as fuck... being Eamonn Holmes' cousin does not improve things.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Captain Poodle Basher on July 18, 2017, 04:35:12 PM
Aha, here's someone I should have thought of sooner... Pat Ingoldsby. Used to do kids' TV in the '80s, and has been a common sight on Dublin's streets for years, selling his poetry books and that.

I helped Pat get his 'pop up shop' onto the bus a few times. Everyone else on board just passive-aggressively ignored him and hoped the driver would leave him standing at the stop. On one occasion, Pat lavished praise on me while cursing our fellow passengers, much to their discomfort. Also, I used to work with a relative of his who told me that the entire Ingoldsby clan were embarrassed by him.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on July 18, 2017, 06:35:51 PM
I helped Pat get his 'pop up shop' onto the bus a few times. Everyone else on board just passive-aggressively ignored him and hoped the driver would leave him standing at the stop. On one occasion, Pat lavished praise on me while cursing our fellow passengers, much to their discomfort. Also, I used to work with a relative of his who told me that the entire Ingoldsby clan were embarrassed by him.

Haha, nice one... my brother once spotted him getting out of a car with two women on his arms, the dark horse!

Not Dublin-born, but how about the late Eugene Lambert, creator of such iconic Irish shows such as Wanderly Wagon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hKsyebZUrA) (which featured Frank 'Father Jack' Kelly as Doctor Astro!) and, of course, that squealing little fucker Bosco (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpRD_il9s8)... the family-run Lambert Puppet Theatre is based in Monkstown, and was once visited by none other than Michael Jackson (yes, that Michael Jackson)!

(http://i.imgur.com/ZdEBAcK.jpg)

Actually, if we can include local 'characters', there were several people who became the stuff of legend in the city of the years, such as Thomas 'Bang Bang' Dudley, who used to jump off the backs of the old open-top buses and 'shoot' people with a big key he carried, Johnny Fortycoats, who wore a ton of layers in all weather (the above-mentioned Wanderly Wagon featured a character inspired by him, actually) and another guy known as Hairy Lemon. The Dubliners' song 'The Mero' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNF0-5d_Eck) mentions all three.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 18, 2017, 08:36:34 PM
Fortycoats, who then became RTE'S answer to Doctor Who, as they never showed Who, though they did show Blake's 7, Quatermass, Sapphire and Steel, Catweazle, Worzel Gummidge, the Avengers, the Good Old Days, various HTV kids series, various BBC Sunday classics by Barry Letts, Space:1999, most ITC shows...

My first and for many years only panto was a puppets one at the Lambert, hosted by Judge and Eugene, and I have bumped into Pat. It's the equivalent of seeing Johnny Ball selling homemade monograms.

I still see Pat on the streets. It's weird, someone who's books were always in school libraries alongside Johnny Ball, Rolf Harris, et al,and now he's rejected modern society. Surprised none of the Yewtree lot did this earlier.

I find the showband behind the scenes business so much more interesting than the music, same with the Irish country scene and the Northern Soul scene, even to an extent.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: LanceUppercut on July 18, 2017, 08:57:15 PM
West Yorkshire we have Mike of mike's carpets:
(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2009/12/4/1259950723078/Legend-in-Yorkshire-Mike--001.jpg)

Also the guy from the safestyle adverts:

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/05/05/10/33D8C76200000578-0-image-a-22_1462439720903.jpg)

I've heard the safestyle guy actually walks the strees in that gear
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on July 19, 2017, 02:47:43 AM
Fortycoats, who then became RTE'S answer to Doctor Who

According to Wiki: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortycoats_%26_Co.)

Quote
Eugene Lambert (creator of Wanderly Wagon) appears not to have held the show in very high regard - describing it as "a rehash of our program" and pointing out that the Lambert family had nothing at all to do with the production.

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2009/12/4/1259950723078/Legend-in-Yorkshire-Mike--001.jpg)

Rick Parfitt lives!

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/05/05/10/33D8C76200000578-0-image-a-22_1462439720903.jpg)

"She needs WOLF POWER!"

Btw, good to see he caters to the hobbit community, going by that door beside his elbow...
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Shaky on July 19, 2017, 03:02:03 AM
Also the guy from the safestyle adverts:

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/05/05/10/33D8C76200000578-0-image-a-22_1462439720903.jpg)

I've heard the safestyle guy actually walks the strees in that gear

Black Lodge - The Early Years

This thread got me thinking about NI comedian Nuala McKeever, who was one of the original Hole in the Wall Gang before branching off with a shortlived UTV sketch show and various other bits and pieces. Her schtick was very broad but she's not an untalented woman so I always found it strange that in a small province largely devoid of modern comic heroes, she never really made much of a dent at home let alone anywhere else. Only other thing I've ever seen her in is some Michael Winterbottom film where Chris Eccleston gets his bum out.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on July 19, 2017, 03:07:26 AM
Hole in the Wall Gang

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I0XR1RzVRQ
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 19, 2017, 10:07:08 AM
I do remember McKeever simply cos UTV original shows were all factual, e.g. Kelly, Lesser Spotted Ulster, School Around the Corner, Jenny Bristow and All Mixed Up, and it was a rare comedy effort. Didn't she also do a series of ads in various roles, possibly for Abbey national... IIRC she dragged up in stubble.
I loved Give My Head Peace as a kid not having a clue what it was actually about, though I am a Protestant educated Catholic. Half the non-Hole in the Wall cast have been in Game of Thrones.

THITW Gang's other stuff though, didn't they try drama, some Fr. Brendan Smyth biopic with future GOT actor Ian Beattie as the bumming  bastard. Seeing him as Meryn Trant was a cultureshock, knowing him only as evil priests, i.e. his role in RTE sitcom Killikaskully, a sort of lighter League of Gents via Fr. Ted with that series' Pat "Tom" Shortt as various characters.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Fonz on July 19, 2017, 11:03:37 AM
Who?

Ronnie Pickering
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: SteveDave on July 19, 2017, 12:34:06 PM
Ronnie Pickering

Who?!
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: sprocket on July 20, 2017, 12:37:59 AM
Another person who comes to mind is former Late Late Show pianist Frank McNamara, although apparently he's internationally renowned as Theresa Lowe's husband.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 20, 2017, 07:51:49 AM
Ah, Theresa, the object of Colm Meaney's desire in the Van.  (https://img.rasset.ie/00059043-360.jpg)
Once appeared in a banned A-Team after winning a competition cos it was directed by Irishman Michael "brother of Dan" O'Herlihy.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Fonz on July 20, 2017, 01:35:20 PM
Who?!

Ronnie Pickering!!!
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Shit Good Nose on July 20, 2017, 02:01:04 PM
How about Big Jeff in Bristol? Goes to 7-10 gigs a week, apparently, and seemingly is at every gig I go to in Bristol.

Glad to see that he's still on the scene.  Indeed, he was at pretty much every gig I went to (and many many others that I didn't) and his "air everything" became a familiar and comfortable sight.  I then didn't see him for a while and, soon after, my own life and responsibilities "got in the way", so my gigging practically stopped.  Often wondered if he'd moved away or something worse, but presumably that was due to the accident that bomb_dog referred to?

Totally surprises me that he has aspergers/is autistic, as well as some other similar mental health issues to boot - always just thought he let himself go with the music, and otherwise either side of that he was just a "normal" sociable guy.  Good on him.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: jobotic on July 20, 2017, 02:37:09 PM
TV weatherman Ron Lobeck used to do local appearances. Think my mother met him once when she was a Deputy Head.

Things seem to have gone a bit awry for Ron though

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/ex-tv-weatherman-ron-forced-out--a66687/

There's always Billy Childish driving around in a WW1 abumlance trying not to get noticed 'cos he's not a fucking celebrity.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on September 16, 2017, 03:47:54 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/ZD4uWvt.jpg)

Bjork's former band there, with a guest appearance by B-movie star Karen Black, no less!
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on September 16, 2017, 09:02:32 AM
My mother told me about how back in the day, 70s/80s, Sil Fox  was the resident comic at the VHI worker's party, and there was literally silence. That's how awful he is.
Eugene McCarthy? Wasn't he the guy in that Only Fools and Horses episode with Philip Pope as Tony Angelino that Del had to find an act to impress his mother or something?
Mary Byrne - formerly Mary Lee. A few years before her X Factor "fame", she was on an Irish-language TG4 talent show, "Nollaig No 1", where the winning act would have an Irish-language single released at Christmas. She won, apparently my mother catching this on late night telly, to be faced with a gargantuan woman singing, "You''ll Never Walk Alone" as gaeilge. It apparently sold 19 copies on download only. Years pass, and Mary Byrne enters the X Factor. I was 50 per cent sure it was her, and then it was confirmed. They then re-released it as a cash-in. Although the only one I can find is in English.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Captain Poodle Basher on September 16, 2017, 09:50:06 AM
My mother told me about how back in the day, 70s/80s, Sil Fox  was the resident comic at the VHI worker's party, and there was literally silence. That's how awful he is.
Eugene McCarthy? Wasn't he the guy in that Only Fools and Horses episode with Philip Pope as Tony Angelino that Del had to find an act to impress his mother or something?
Mary Byrne - formerly Mary Lee. A few years before her X Factor "fame", she was on an Irish-language TG4 talent show, "Nollaig No 1", where the winning act would have an Irish-language single released at Christmas. She won, apparently my mother catching this on late night telly, to be faced with a gargantuan woman singing, "You''ll Never Walk Alone" as gaeilge. It apparently sold 19 copies on download only. Years pass, and Mary Byrne enters the X Factor. I was 50 per cent sure it was her, and then it was confirmed. They then re-released it as a cash-in. Although the only one I can find is in English.


I can (vaguely) recall Sil Fox on the Late Late Show doing his act - must have been the early '80's. Christ but he was shit. He had that too-fast patter of someone who knows they're crap so has to run through the gags at lightning speed to stay ahead of the audience.

Re: TG4. Someone I once worked with appeared several times, on several different shows, pretending to be some random person that the presenters just happened to bump into on the street. The fact that she's rather attractive and fluent in Irish are pure coincidence and nothing more.

Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: mothman on September 16, 2017, 10:16:33 AM
Despite repeated visits to Jersey I've yet to even determine where Millbrook is. Or if Benest's still exists. Have to have something to look forward to when you're holidaying in the Channel Islands, I guess...

Andy Ford. Screeching imbecile of a local Bristolian comedian who's been a fixture of the Panto at the Hippodrome for about the last decade.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Jockice on September 16, 2017, 10:47:18 AM
Bobby Knutt in Sheffield. Always used to be in the papers and local TV to the extent that after living here for a few years i was convinced he was a national celebrity. Then I mentioned him to my elder sister who has never lived in Sheffield and she'd never heard of him.

He does appear on national TV sometimes. He was in Coronation Street for a few episodes years ago and he's currently in Benidorm. Which my sister watches. Bet she still wouldn't recognise his name though.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Brundle-Fly on September 16, 2017, 11:05:26 AM
In my manor we've got Paul Morley, Luke Haines and once upon a time Duke de Mondo, but they're not ones to flaunt their status.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on September 16, 2017, 11:29:49 AM
Bobby Knutt in Sheffield. Always used to be in the papers and local TV to the extent that after living here for a few years i was convinced he was a national celebrity. Then I mentioned him to my elder sister who has never lived in Sheffield and she'd never heard of him.
He does appear on national TV sometimes. He was in Coronation Street for a few episodes years ago and he's currently in Benidorm. Which my sister watches. Bet she still wouldn't recognise his name though.
He was one of the Dingles in Emmerdale for a while, wasn't he,  and took over from Brian Glover in the Tetley's ads. Also, was in the Paul Squire show that was about making The Paul Squire Show.
Viz had him in a "curly-haired Bobby" versus match with Bobby Ball and Dr. Robert Winston.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Brundle-Fly on September 16, 2017, 11:58:00 AM
Re: curly haired Bobbys face off/ Viz comic piece

I bet Bobby Knutt and Bobby Ball must've secretly despised each other. This town ain't big enough for the both of us.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Jockice on September 16, 2017, 12:07:20 PM
Re: curly haired Bobbys face off/ Viz comic piece

I bet Bobby Knutt and Bobby Ball must've secretly despised each other. This town ain't big enough for the both of us.

Have you ever seen them in a room at the same time though? Eh?
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Jockice on September 16, 2017, 12:17:50 PM
He was one of the Dingles in Emmerdale for a while, wasn't he,  and took over from Brian Glover in the Tetley's ads. Also, was in the Paul Squire show that was about making The Paul Squire Show.
Viz had him in a "curly-haired Bobby" versus match with Bobby Ball and Dr. Robert Winston.

I didn't know all that. Maybe he is a national star after all. I once rang his doorbell by mistake though. I was after the bloke from next door.

Talking of the Dingles, I was at at funeral a few years ago and ended up talking to one of the other mourners who told me he was an actor who mainly did voiceover stuff but was someone on the periphery of that family and made occasional appearances. Can't remember his name though.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Jockice on September 16, 2017, 12:38:04 PM
Are the Everley Pregnant Brothers known nationally? Because they're absolutely enormous here. Play live  to thousands of people. I know they were on The Last Leg and BBC Breakfast with their Christmas single last year but apart from that....
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on September 16, 2017, 12:47:05 PM
I didn't know all that. Maybe he is a national star after all. I once rang his doorbell by mistake though. I was after the bloke from next door.

Talking of the Dingles, I was at at funeral a few years ago and ended up talking to one of the other mourners who told me he was an actor who mainly did voiceover stuff but was someone on the periphery of that family and made occasional appearances. Can't remember his name though.
Perhaps not a star outside Yorkshire, but he's certainly a known face. A "that guy".
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Vodka Margarine on September 16, 2017, 12:51:05 PM
I see Doon Mackichan quite a lot. Not being of the Legendary persuasion, I haven't yelled FINANCE ARSE at her yet.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Gulftastic on September 16, 2017, 06:57:28 PM
Here's my favourite ad from the already mentioned 'Mike' of 'Mike's Carpets' fame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9giGnsov94

I'd advise looking all his ads up though. They are little gems of local advertising.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Hello! Replies Hidden on September 16, 2017, 07:49:44 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/BoFEBqO.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BHqEpPMCIAAOuVl.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_xq4gWXcAAxBq0.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/rT2znu5.jpg)

Gobshite talk show host and shapeshifter.

http://www.peteprice.com
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 16, 2017, 07:58:15 PM
(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Qu4eby4Yg6g/maxresdefault.jpg)

Guitar Wifie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMLBH2Bxui0)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Gurke and Hare on September 17, 2017, 02:04:30 PM
I'm throughly enjoying the TV Cream mailout's current YouTube series about all the different ITV regions precisely for this sort of thing. For the entirety of its ten year run, and even before that on Westward, TSW had the ropey and inert rabbit puppet Gus Honeybun "announcing" kids' birthdays. The effort the continuity announcers had to go to make Gus Honeybun appear to have a personality is commendable. A great deal of the "Oi, pack it in, you!" Joe Beazley-esque approach that is just waggling a puppet up and down to denote it is 'misbehaving'.

Ha ha, that's obviously the source for the birthday kangaroo puppet Susie Blake's continuity announcer in As Seen on TV had to use, excellent.


Is Mike Sweeney well known outside Greater Manchester.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Jockice on September 17, 2017, 02:15:04 PM


Is Mike Sweeney well known outside Greater Manchester.

I recognise the name but can't quite place it. So probably not.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on September 17, 2017, 02:21:54 PM
birthday kangaroo puppet

Great band name.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 17, 2017, 02:26:24 PM
Buster Sparkles, Somali Pirate and entertainer.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Vodka Margarine on September 17, 2017, 02:58:39 PM
Buster Sparkles, Somali Pirate and entertainer.

The Stables, Friday 7pm.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 17, 2017, 02:59:28 PM
The Stables, Friday 7pm.

Captain Jack's last Friday, all fucking night.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Oops! Wrong Planet on September 17, 2017, 04:19:29 PM
I often see Proxima Centauri muttering to himself in Budgens.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Shit Good Nose on September 17, 2017, 05:50:52 PM
"Half Price Suites are simply the cheap-e-est!"
"Hello, I'm Brian Steele from Half Price Suites"

Fucking everywhere in the 90s.  In Bristol and Wiltshire - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaD-HaOCBzM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaD-HaOCBzM).

I believe Bri also had some involvement with "Top...to bottom...the one stop curtain shop!"  Who are still going.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: steve98 on September 17, 2017, 06:41:10 PM
he looks great!

He does look "great"; he looks like a million dollars... but who's financing mick's looks eh? The mattress buyers of Moore street, that's who. Mugs.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on September 21, 2017, 11:22:08 AM
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/05/05/10/33D8C76200000578-0-image-a-22_1462439720903.jpg)

Found serendipitously:

(https://i.imgur.com/18FRoGw.gif)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on September 25, 2017, 06:03:02 PM
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-41387455 RIP Bobby Knutt
Met Mattress Mick yesterday
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Jockice on September 25, 2017, 07:39:42 PM
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-41387455 RIP Bobby Knutt
Met Mattress Mick yesterday

I feel guilty for mentioning him now.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on November 29, 2017, 11:08:14 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/llhR6Iz.jpg)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Keebleman on November 29, 2017, 11:25:07 AM
In South Wales in the 70s and 80s Stan Stennett was a very well-known entertainer, especially in panto, with his catchphrase of "Hello, butties!"

Despite roles in Coronation Street and Crossroads his only real national fame came when he killed Eric Morcambe.

http://www.morecambeandwise.com/viewpage.aspx?pageid=368
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Jockice on November 29, 2017, 11:32:52 AM
Derek Batey ruled Carlisle when I live there in the 70s.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on November 29, 2017, 11:39:52 AM
In South Wales in the 70s and 80s Stan Stennett was a very well-known entertainer, especially in panto, with his catchphrase of "Hello, butties!"

You have to be careful with the butty stuff, it's very Liverpool-centric and should not be taken lightly. Tarby clearly enjoys a nice chip butty, and Ken Dodd very famously rescued his Diddymen from a life of slavery in Knotty Ash's notorious Jam Butty Mines.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Thomas on November 29, 2017, 12:35:45 PM
Anyone live near Norwich's unusual puppeteer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwich_Puppet_Man)?

Here in Cork there's a man called High Kick Kev. His name's Kev and he does high kicks. I've met him a few times, and my girlfriend says he used to wander around the university campus flaunting his high kicks. I can't link to YouTube at work but there are a couple of videos on there, including one hauntologically titled 'High Kick Kev sighting at a bonfire'.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: St_Eddie on November 29, 2017, 12:42:41 PM
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/05/05/10/33D8C76200000578-0-image-a-22_1462439720903.jpg)

I've heard the safestyle guy actually walks the strees in that gear

Don't you mean to say that he stalks the streets?  I always got a bad serial killer vibe from that man in them adverts.  Genuinely.

There's nowt safe nor stylish 'bout him.  He's a wrong 'un.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: doppelkorn on November 29, 2017, 01:59:13 PM
You have to be careful with the butty stuff, it's very Liverpool-centric and should not be taken lightly. Tarby clearly enjoys a nice chip butty, and Ken Dodd very famously rescued his Diddymen from a life of slavery in Knotty Ash's notorious Jam Butty Mines.

Might be a bit wider than that. Certainly used across Cheshire, as is "baggins", meaning packed lunch.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: ieXush2i on November 29, 2017, 02:18:16 PM
Owen Money, does the Congress Theatre panto and played a hundred yards from my house a few weeks ago. For a tenner.

(https://media.ents24network.com/image/000/131/855/71bacce6863158b604bcf62a302e8bd947027fe5.jpg)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on November 29, 2017, 02:29:33 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/llhR6Iz.jpg)
My aunt Catherine works in the pictured Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt and has done for 35-odd years. And indeed that supermarket's staff perhaps count here for Catherine and her co-workers' amateur drama group were regulars in RTE's "John Player's Tops of the Town", a sort of amateur variety showcase for drama groups and amateur musical societies.
Ah, Ronan. For those not in the know, RTE DJ and a very minor showband "star" in the 70s, only really becoming famous in the 80s on RTE radio and hosting Give Us A Clue knock-off Play the Game with Twink and Derek Davis (two other "names" there, imagine a Dublin Barbara Windsor and a Nordie Brian Dennehy). Also hosted the Lotto, but then made a mint on the showband nostalgia scene, finding long-lost relics of Irish cabaret, getting them to record their old hits, putting them out on compilations and then going on tours chased by Eoin McLove-esque fans.
Once got in trouble with Louis Walsh for slating Irish Popstars winners Six (basically Guys and Dolls for the S Club generation, notable for Nadine Coyle being booted out for being too young) -  https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/louis-walsh-rage-as-rte-dj-gives-6-of-the-best-to-bands-awful-single-26062931.html
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on November 29, 2017, 02:41:51 PM
Talking of panto, Ireland's showbiz has been shaken by the revelation that Al Porter, a 24 year old "next big thing" comic, a sort of Irish Muppet Babies Frankie Howerd / Larry Grayson-type whose inoffensive queer/homosexual eunuch for all the family act (rather odd for such a youthful figure, opposed to the middle-aged "funny uncles" of his predecessors) has turned out to be basically a cover for a sex pest. His revival of Blind Date (itself long in development Hell, previously touted as a vehicle for rabble-rousing "starlet" Lucy Kennedy) has been put off air, and the remaining six episodes never likely to be aired again. His panto Polly and the Beanstalk (Polly being his dame character) that he writes/stars in has been retooled, with Rory from Mrs. Brown's Boys as his replacement. And it turns out that he is a vile little Twink (in every sense) whose career is ruined, and virtually unsalvage-able.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on November 29, 2017, 02:42:49 PM
In South Wales in the 70s and 80s Stan Stennett was a very well-known entertainer, especially in panto, with his catchphrase of "Hello, butties!"

Despite roles in Coronation Street and Crossroads his only real national fame came when he killed Eric Morcambe.

http://www.morecambeandwise.com/viewpage.aspx?pageid=368
He had two roles in Crossroads, one as a US gangster, the other as Sid Hooper. He was also the "white" "comic relief" in the Black and White Minstrel Show.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Enzo on November 30, 2017, 03:31:54 AM

Here in Cork there's a man called High Kick Kev. His name's Kev and he does high kicks. I've met him a few times, and my girlfriend says he used to wander around the university campus flaunting his high kicks. I can't link to YouTube at work but there are a couple of videos on there, including one hauntologically titled 'High Kick Kev sighting at a bonfire'.

High Kick Kev is a good lad. Has challenged me to a high kicking contest once or twice.

Also in Cork, there is "Dancing" Dave. A huge bald fella with learning difficulties that loves to spend his time in town dancing to whatever is on in his headphones while loudly imploring everyone to watch his moves.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on November 30, 2017, 05:26:25 AM
Up until recently, it was R2D2 man Kenny Baker, who frequented the Morrison's at the docks in Preston. I often dreamt of the day where I would be in there shopping, and he would sidle up and ask me to get him a jar of pickled onions or something from the top shelf. He never did.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on November 30, 2017, 12:44:36 PM
My aunt Catherine works in the pictured Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt and has done for 35-odd years. And indeed that supermarket's staff perhaps count here for Catherine and her co-workers' amateur drama group were regulars in RTE's "John Player's Tops of the Town", a sort of amateur variety showcase for drama groups and amateur musical societies.
Ah, Ronan. For those not in the know, RTE DJ and a very minor showband "star" in the 70s, only really becoming famous in the 80s on RTE radio and hosting Give Us A Clue knock-off Play the Game with Twink and Derek Davis (two other "names" there, imagine a Dublin Barbara Windsor and a Nordie Brian Dennehy). Also hosted the Lotto, but then made a mint on the showband nostalgia scene, finding long-lost relics of Irish cabaret, getting them to record their old hits, putting them out on compilations and then going on tours chased by Eoin McLove-esque fans.
Once got in trouble with Louis Walsh for slating Irish Popstars winners Six (basically Guys and Dolls for the S Club generation, notable for Nadine Coyle being booted out for being too young) -  https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/louis-walsh-rage-as-rte-dj-gives-6-of-the-best-to-bands-awful-single-26062931.html

I've prolly seen your Aunt Catherine about George, as you can tell I'm a bit of a regular at Cornelscourt. Ronan was on The Late Late recently talking about health probs or something.

Might be a bit wider than that. Certainly used across Cheshire, as is "baggins", meaning packed lunch.

Alright, fair enough about butties... I'd be careful with baggins though, don't want the Tolkien Estate after you!

(https://media.ents24network.com/image/000/131/855/71bacce6863158b604bcf62a302e8bd947027fe5.jpg)

Either Richard Branston's let himself go or Freddie Boswell's looking well.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: JoeyBananaduck on November 30, 2017, 01:22:56 PM
Another interesting one from Ireland: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/woman-who-became-an-internet-sensation-as-daniel-odonnells-superfan-is-charged-in-hightech-cocaine-factory-raid-36364815.html
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Thomas on November 30, 2017, 01:40:46 PM
Also in Cork, there is "Dancing" Dave. A huge bald fella with learning difficulties that loves to spend his time in town dancing to whatever is on in his headphones while loudly imploring everyone to watch his moves.

I think I might have seen him last night, or a copycat. I was in the room above a pub, watching him from the window. Someone came over to me and said 'you're staring out of that window quite whimsically', and I said 'I'm looking at this man', and together we watched him dance alone in the streetlight half-gloom.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on November 30, 2017, 04:04:35 PM
I've prolly seen your Aunt Catherine about George, as you can tell I'm a bit of a regular at Cornelscourt. Ronan was on The Late Late recently talking about health probs or something.

Freckly faced sort, dark hair, imagine a squashed Ruth Madoc.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on November 30, 2017, 04:06:54 PM
Another interesting one from Ireland: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/woman-who-became-an-internet-sensation-as-daniel-odonnells-superfan-is-charged-in-hightech-cocaine-factory-raid-36364815.html
She's not Daniel's "superfan". I'm sorry, but she's now an elderly widow with a whole rack of DO'D merchandise/tat in her living room.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: steve98 on November 30, 2017, 04:29:42 PM
No allegations against Daniel yet? Not that I think there will be.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on November 30, 2017, 06:03:42 PM
There were for years rumours about Irish country vet Big Tom McBride, and it did go to trial in the 1990s, but the allegations of child abuse were proven false...

There's definitely something suspect about some of the newer cuntry stars, the boyfolkers. The one with alliterative names who sing sub-Wurzels-ish songs about tractors, performed as straight as an arrow, and yet think they're teen idols.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on November 30, 2017, 09:41:08 PM
Freckly faced sort, dark hair, imagine a squashed Ruth Madoc.

Now there's lovely!
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on November 30, 2017, 10:09:28 PM
Now there's lovely!
I don't mean to be rude. I love her, and all, but she's a smaller, rounder Gladys, essentially.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on December 24, 2017, 10:02:32 AM
Irish-based Scouse country idol Nathan Carter's Christmas show on soon.
He had Dolly Parton's sister on it last time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNmYqVffXN4
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on July 06, 2018, 05:07:56 PM
Since this, I've been in Castleblayney, the Vegas/Nashville/Branson/Batley of Ireland.

www.thespinningimage.co.uk/article/displayarticle.asp?articleid=257
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Clownbaby on July 07, 2018, 11:13:23 AM
Not a "star" in any way but my local shit hole gay friendly nightclub Outrageous which I went to with my gay mate (not a mate anymore, the absolute whiny self centred burden) had a DJ, "DJ John" who was on one episode of Come Dine With Me set in Cumbria (where I live) and he would not stop miking it. He fancied my tall Pakistani gay former friend and kept asking him for a kiss, while saying my dress was too revealing and fussily pulling my jacket lapels over my cleavage.

For some reason my mate didn't pick up on the lust and agreed to go back with him to watch his Come Dine With Me episode and was surprised and disgusted when the DJ got emotional and begged to have sex with him. I'm guessing he did though cause I'm sure he saw him a couple more times. Swears he didn't. 

Real claim to fame that eh. That's about all you get in Carlisle.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Jockice on July 07, 2018, 11:26:54 AM
Not a "star" in any way but my local shit hole gay friendly nightclub Outrageous which I went to with my gay mate (not a mate anymore, the absolute whiny self centred burden) had a DJ, "DJ John" who was on one episode of Come Dine With Me set in Cumbria (where I live) and he would not stop miking it. He fancied my tall Pakistani gay former friend and kept asking him for a kiss, while saying my dress was too revealing and fussily pulling my jacket lapels over my cleavage.

For some reason my mate didn't pick up on the lust and agreed to go back with him to watch his Come Dine With Me episode and was surprised and disgusted when the DJ got emotional and begged to have sex with him. I'm guessing he did though cause I'm sure he saw him a couple more times. Swears he didn't. 

Real claim to fame that eh. That's about all you get in Carlisle.

I used to live in Carlisle. I still have family there, including a gay niece. She's never invited me to Outrageous though. Should I feel left out somehow?
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Clownbaby on July 07, 2018, 11:31:43 AM
I used to live in Carlisle. I still have family there, including a gay niece. She's never invited me to Outrageous though. Should I feel left out somehow?

Nah its shite. My mam knows the guy who runs it and he's very crap at running things. They repaint the outside of the nightclub constantly with the wrong sort of paint, so it fades and peels slightly and they keep having to redo it. It's purple now. The bouncers are smug cunts but there was, ONCE, a good drag cabaret and I got felt up by one of the drag queens as I left which was fun I guess.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Famous Mortimer on July 07, 2018, 11:34:33 AM
It's a bit easier in this neck of the woods, but John "U-Man" Ulett.

http://www.laduenews.com/business/columns/persons-of-interest-john-ulett/article_f5349237-10c5-5ec2-92d9-aa831eba9da1.html

He's the morning radio host on classic rock station KSHE 95, and does the announcing for the St Louis Cardinals (not the commentating, but he'll introduce the players before the game and do announcements in between innings). Plus, he's in tons of adverts on TV - the local pizza place, the garage door people - where he acts confused by modern technology, and hair restoration - despite being mostly bald these days, to name but a few. He's just background noise for every experience in this city.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on September 28, 2018, 09:13:13 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Run_Br2SKUY

Been reading a recent book - A Happy Kind of Sadness on the Irish country scene. I wanted to write such a book, but this is better than anything I could have done. And profiling the people who made it, and the promoters too, from flagging rock DJ-turned-country promoter Paul Claffey to the bizarre Christian gospel of Simon O'Brien lookalike James Kilbane, runnerup on Irish Eurovision competition You're  A Star!
Told Daniel O'Donnell to apologise to the Pope for voting yes to gay marriage. https://www.thesun.ie/news/2889243/majella-o-donnell-daniel-pope-gig-daft/

Kilbane singing the Bachelors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NnJdA8qRHU He is either photoshopped or ten years younger in his promo photos.


https://www.beat102103.com/entertainment/singing-priest-father-kelly-takes-issue-with-nathan-carter-performing-for-the-pope-in-croke-park/ Then, there's the sniping Father Ray Kelly. "Your song". What about REM? How do you think they feel?
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Shaky on September 29, 2018, 03:17:15 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Run_Br2SKUY

Man finishing a sly wank at 0:12. There's always one at these things.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: hummingofevil on September 29, 2018, 11:33:33 AM
Newcastle upon Tyne: DJ John did make an appearance on Britain's Got Talent but for what I know he lives his gimmick. Can be seen walking the streets of Walker in his DJ John gear. DJ John.

In Wrexham the local celebrities tend to be more of the "local characters" type but there used to be loads. Now even they don't bother going into town. One that stands out was "Phil The Preacher" who used to hang out with us when we were 15 and drinking in parks. He as alright but fucking barking. Think he ended up in London.

Fuck I found him. Here goes. Maybe he was more widely known than I realised. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xce07e
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on October 28, 2018, 10:20:59 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/P2FiywA.jpg)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: steve98 on October 28, 2018, 11:22:19 PM
Welcome back Mick, it's been a while.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Dr Rock on October 28, 2018, 11:25:33 PM
The secret of my tagline

http://archive.camdennewjournal.com/best-luck-horace (http://archive.camdennewjournal.com/best-luck-horace)

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Published: 27 September, 2012
by JOHN GULLIVER

A PETITION has begun up in Barnet to mark the memory of a man many readers will know simply as a character from the streets who repeatedly wished them “the best of luck”, often in Sainsbury’s in Camden Town.

Horace, as he was known, although his real name was Stanley White, had bellowed this friendly greeting from Camden Town to Muswell Hill and up to Finchley for 30 years or so. It bred a fondness which turned to grief at news of his sudden death on Monday.

It has been reported that he collapsed outside the Whittington Hospital. There is a campaign to remember him with a bench. Many readers will recall this gentle giant.  He  spent hours upon hours wishing strangers “the best of luck”. He just made us smile.

Best of luck, Horace.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Clownbaby on October 29, 2018, 10:38:25 AM
Not really a "star" as such but there's a guy around my area who obsessively and tirelessly picks up rubbish. He's become one of the odd characters of Carlisle. People call him RAVEY RICHARD cause if you beep your car horn at him or you're playing loud music in your car and shout to him he does a little ravey arm thing as he's marching past with his big ol bag of rubbish.

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16967281.carlisle-man-collects-up-to-15-bags-of-rubbish-a-day/ (http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16967281.carlisle-man-collects-up-to-15-bags-of-rubbish-a-day/)

I didn't know he was 26 til I read this article. He's looking pretty weathered. I saw him once standing on a corner, perfectly still, staring into the distance intensely.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Bazooka on October 29, 2018, 10:45:19 AM
Not really a "star" as such but there's a guy around my area who obsessively and tirelessly picks up rubbish. He's become one of the odd characters of Carlisle. People call him RAVEY RICHARD cause if you beep your car horn at him or you're playing loud music in your car and shout to him he does a little ravey arm thing as he's marching past with his big ol bag of rubbish.

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16967281.carlisle-man-collects-up-to-15-bags-of-rubbish-a-day/ (http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16967281.carlisle-man-collects-up-to-15-bags-of-rubbish-a-day/)

I didn't know he was 26 til I read this article. He's looking pretty weathered. I saw him once standing on a corner, perfectly still, staring into the distance intensely.

What a chap,
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Asked how local people have reacted to what he does, he replied: “It’s mostly positive.

Mostly positive? Imagine some cunt saying "Oi you lazy bastard you missed a used condom stuck in some brambles".
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Nowhere Man on October 29, 2018, 10:48:54 AM
Not really a "star" as such but there's a guy around my area who obsessively and tirelessly picks up rubbish. He's become one of the odd characters of Carlisle. People call him RAVEY RICHARD cause if you beep your car horn at him or you're playing loud music in your car and shout to him he does a little ravey arm thing as he's marching past with his big ol bag of rubbish.

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16967281.carlisle-man-collects-up-to-15-bags-of-rubbish-a-day/ (http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16967281.carlisle-man-collects-up-to-15-bags-of-rubbish-a-day/)

26? 26?!! I mean, good for him, but the poor chap looks more like 50 in those pictures.

(http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/resources/images/8785889/?type=responsive-gallery-fullscreen)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: petrilTanaka on October 29, 2018, 11:26:03 AM
People call him RAVEY RICHARD cause if you beep your car horn at him or you're playing loud music in your car and shout to him he does a little ravey arm thing as he's marching past with his big ol bag of rubbish.

(https://i.imgur.com/KZIxr6b.png)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on December 06, 2018, 10:28:06 PM
RIP Dublin cabaret star Sonny Knowles.
https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2018/1115/1011142-singer-sonny-knowles-has-died-aged-86/
Once did cabaret with Kenny Cantor.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on December 06, 2018, 10:29:14 PM
Mattress Mick?


RTE were criticised when their Dancing with the Stars featured a barely-known Kerry GAA player with a really annoying face, who they even said, "He's a big man in Kerry, but people from outside Kerry will get to know him now." or words to that effect.


I mean people who are celebs locally, not celebs who live locally, but people who are only regionally famous.

Dancing with the Stars 2018 has another GAA star this year. Dublin star Denis Bastick.
No, me neither.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: MuteBanana on December 06, 2018, 10:57:12 PM
Billy the Quid
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: George White on August 09, 2019, 09:03:29 PM
Hearing about the turnouts at the recent funerals of both Joe Longthorne (well-known nationally, but HUGE in Yorkshire) and Brendan Grace (again, in these circles known for Father Ted, but in Ireland, BELOVED to the point a street is to be renamed  in his honour)

https://www.discogs.com/Various-BBC-Radio-Merseyside-The-Hits-You-Couldnt-Get/release/6699712 Reminded of this BBC Radio Merseyside compilation.
Full of local stars, mainly Irish showband people my father will watch, roar at you when you give an opinion, "how do you know that?". Yesterday, he got shirty when I started to overanalyse stetson-hatted Galwegian Mike Denver murder the already godawful Racey's Some Girls (no, really) in  a strange zydeco-faux-country manner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1mJvT-tpOA, A few B-sides from US names. Daniel O'Donnell's Medal for Mothers (basically, O'Donnell is the Irish Longthorne but without the vocal dexterity), and a few I have never heard of. David Alexander seems to have been a Colin Welland-ish Welsh bloke who was jealous of Tom Jones, despite being a decade older than Jones, and started much later.    Tony Stephens intrigues me. A reasonably popular Irish singer, who perhaps account of his utterly generic name, barely anything shows up on google. 
Rose Marie I know from Shooting Stars, but seems to have been ostracised from the Irish country community bar the odd bit on BBC NI
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: MidnightShambler on August 11, 2019, 08:04:24 PM
Hearing about the turnouts at the recent funerals of both Joe Longthorne (well-known nationally, but HUGE in Yorkshire) and Brendan Grace (again, in these circles known for Father Ted, but in Ireland, BELOVED to the point a street is to be renamed  in his honour)

https://www.discogs.com/Various-BBC-Radio-Merseyside-The-Hits-You-Couldnt-Get/release/6699712 Reminded of this BBC Radio Merseyside compilation.
Full of local stars, mainly Irish showband people my father will watch, roar at you when you give an opinion, "how do you know that?". Yesterday, he got shirty when I started to overanalyse stetson-hatted Galwegian Mike Denver murder the already godawful Racey's Some Girls (no, really) in  a strange zydeco-faux-country manner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1mJvT-tpOA, A few B-sides from US names. Daniel O'Donnell's Medal for Mothers (basically, O'Donnell is the Irish Longthorne but without the vocal dexterity), and a few I have never heard of. David Alexander seems to have been a Colin Welland-ish Welsh bloke who was jealous of Tom Jones, despite being a decade older than Jones, and started much later.    Tony Stephens intrigues me. A reasonably popular Irish singer, who perhaps account of his utterly generic name, barely anything shows up on google. 
Rose Marie I know from Shooting Stars, but seems to have been ostracised from the Irish country community bar the odd bit on BBC NI

David Alexander was a bit of the local celeb when I was a kid, he was from Wallasey too. He died of a heart attack about 25 years ago but his records always used to pop up in Birkenhead Market and the like, not even that long ago. I went to primary school with his nephew, who used to bore the tits off us with anecdotes about his 'famous' uncle. Haven't seen a picture of him for donkeys years but he had the Peter Wyngarde/Tom Selleck tache' look about him if I remember rightly.

Jimmy Summertime was another one of the same vein, lived on a council estate in Leasowe and turned down the support slot on a Bee Gees world tour because he'd miss his kids. Although that sounds apocryphal, it's actually true. Robin Gibb (or Maurice...one of them anyway) produced his first album. Last time I saw him he was playing in the roughest pub in Seacombe (which says a lot) and nobody was interested.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: MidnightShambler on August 11, 2019, 08:12:35 PM
Just read his Wikipedia, didn't know he was Welsh. Anyway, his nephew was from liscard. Well I say his nephew, starting to sound like he was a lying cunt with a fixation for mildly famous cabaret entertainers.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Glebe on August 11, 2019, 08:24:35 PM
I've mentioned it before, but I walked past Cillian Murphy on my way to see Dunkirk in 70mm.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Head Gardener on August 12, 2019, 02:24:24 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBohHTxXYAAj-gD.jpg)
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Kalabi on August 12, 2019, 02:27:36 PM
I thought that lad ran in to a lamp post chasing the footy player?
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Head Gardener on August 12, 2019, 02:28:11 PM
that's the fake news machine messing with ya
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Kalabi on August 12, 2019, 02:30:04 PM
I did read it in the Daily Star now I think about it
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Head Gardener on August 12, 2019, 02:31:06 PM
he could have at least wiped all the blood off
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: EOLAN on August 12, 2019, 02:41:04 PM
That Salah story just makes me think of all the times he probably drove past a load of people kicking the crap out of one of those children wearing Man City shirts and thought 'not my team, not my problem'.
Title: Re: Local "stars"
Post by: Cuellar on August 12, 2019, 02:42:55 PM
I thought that lad ran in to a lamp post chasing the footy player?

Nah, it was Salah that chased HIM, and then kicked the shit out of him