Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Funnyman Tommy Had Them Rolling in the Aisles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Funnyman Tommy Had Them Rolling in the Aisles

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Byline: Paul Delplanque

ON Wednesday we looked back at the glory days of The Fiesta nightclub with former stage manager, Trevor Harland and his memories of mixing with some of the biggest stars of the day.

But some artistes were temperamental and Trevor fell out with the likes of Cannon and Ball and The Flirtations, while Tony Christie threw his microphone down after one performance.

Magician Tommy Cooper regularly stayed at the Swallow Hotel in Stockton and if told that his performance was due to start at 10.30pm, he would turn up at 11.15pm.

"Of course we always billed him for a 11.30pm start, so he was always there on time as far as our audiences were concerned, says Trevor.

"Doorman Bill Ness looked after the stage door and informed us that Tommy had arrived. Tommy only had to say 'I'm here' and the audience would collapse into laughter," says Trevor.

Among groups making regular appearances were The Platters, Slade, The Dooleys, Showaddywaddy, The Tremeloes and the Brotherhood of Man. …

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