Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Life Less Ordinary

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Life Less Ordinary

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FOR nearly three decades he was half of one of the region's bestknown and most popular double acts.

His name wasn't on the tip of most people's lips but Hylton Pomeroy's act certainly was. As half of Silk Stockings, he played countless sold-out shows, not just on Tyneside but in Europe too.

But Hylton, who died recently aged 65 after battling cancer, had already found success across the globe before teaming up with Simon Dunn for the female impersonator cabaret act, as these pictures show. The snaps were discovered by Hylton's sister, Sheila Fitzpatrick, when clearing her beloved younger brother's home.

Along with scores of Hylton's glamorous and glitzy costumes, Sheila, of Winlaton, found Chronicle cuttings and pictures of Hylton from when he was a boy, taking his first steps, literally, to a career on the stage. What many of the entertainer's fans may not have realised is that, long before Silk Stockings, Hylton was a champion clog dancer who travelled the globe and even had higher billing at one stage than Olivia Newton John!

Hylton was born in Robinson Street, Blaydon, in 1945. The family then moved to Bleach Green where he spent his childhood with parents Tom and Margaret and his sister Sheila. He started performing after learning the art of clog dancing from his uncle and grandad in the late 50s and soon became the best in the business, winning many competitions and holding the championship belt in four countries, travelling the world dancing in front of thousands of people. He one danced at the Iowa State Fair, sharing the bill with the Osmonds, and being higher ranked than Olivia Newton John.

But for Hylton, the highlight of his clog-dancing career was performing in front of Princess Margaret at the Royal Albert Hall. Hylton moved to Whitley Bay where he started a career in window dressing working at Riles department store during the day, and performing in the medieval nights at Seaton Delaval Hall, and at Balmbra's in Newcastle. …

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