Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What a Creep.!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What a Creep.!

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Byline: Keith Newton reports

FLESHCREEP takes a closer look at his costume and decides that enough is enough. Some things are just too creepy.

He is eerily crocodilian in a curiously tail-coated black outfit that is fringed in a garish green, but the object of offence is an odd black and green plaited circle. Is it a headband or a garter or what?

"It's some sort of theatrical implement but I daren't think what it's for," says Coronation Street star Ian Reddington as he carefully discards it.

Ian - Vernon Tomlin in the super soap - is the big Christmas catch by Darlington Civic Theatre.

This great present for thousands in the Tees Valley is very bad news for millions of others, however, as Ian will be on stage as the Giant's evil sidekick in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK just a few weeks after leaving the Street.

He will be seen last on TV in November, take a brief break and then begin rehearsals for the panto.

"I signed a two year deal that is up," he says. "I'm not sure where the character is going, so it's a natural place for a break and I'm leaving."

Vernon arrived as a comic and long-haired, cowboy-suited drummer with an old rock band, and lots of new and optimistic ambitions.

He was an instant hit with viewers and went on to marry Rovers Return landlady, Liz McDonald, though the pair are now going through a rocky patch.

"Playing Vernon is the first time I haven't been playing the baddie," says Ian who was previously the deviously Tricky Dicky Richard Cole in EastEnders.

"That makes me the only actor to have created major roles in both soaps so that's not bad."

He has no idea how he will be written out or if the door will be left open for a future return to the Street.

"I don't think they know yet, but he'll still be alive.

All's not well with Liz so it has got to be music related. Maybe his great dream comes true."

So a Christmas No 1 single for Vernon/Ian?

"I can't drum but I have done musicals and I can sing," he says. …

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