Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heartfelt Tributes to Honorary Geordie; COMEDY GREAT SIR NORMAN WISDOM DIES AT THE AGE OF 95

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heartfelt Tributes to Honorary Geordie; COMEDY GREAT SIR NORMAN WISDOM DIES AT THE AGE OF 95

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Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER

HONORARY Geordie Sir Norman Wisdom has died, aged 95.

The comedian and actor passed away at an Isle of Man nursing home after suffering a series of strokes.

Until just a few years ago, Sir Norman was a regular visitor to Tyneside and loved to watch the Toon at St James' Park.

In a statement, his family paid tribute to a "much loved father and grandfather".

They said: "Sir Norman Wisdom has passed away at Abbotswood Nursing Home.

"Over the last six months, Norman has sustained a series of strokes causing a general decline in both his physical and mental health. He had maintained a degree of independence until a few days ago. However, over the last few days his condition rapidly declined.

"He was in no pain or distress and peacefully passed over at 18.46 on October 4."

Sir Norman was the knockabout clown who made a million playing the downtrodden little man in the cloth cap and the illfitting jacket. He appeared in 32 television sitcoms, 19 films and won Royal approval with a string of Command Performances.

He became so popular Charlie Chaplin said: "If anyone's going to replace me, it's Norman Wisdom."

During his career, he made regular trips to Tyneside, often visiting old Army pal Patrick Dickinson, of Fenham. Mr Dickinson had helped the star write his autobiography, Don't Laugh At Me, and joined him on a charity trip to nuclear disaster site Chernobyl in 1995.

On his trips, Sir Norman made guest appearances at Gateshead Indoor Bowling Centre, the Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter and the People's Theatre, as well as taking regular trips to St James' Park.

Sir Norman was hugely popular in Albania where his films like A Stitch in Time and Trouble in Store were the only Western movies allowed to be broadcast during the communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha. …

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