Crafty Cockneys appear in South Shields this weekend

Darts legend Eric Bristow will be at the Customs House.
Darts legend Eric Bristow will be at the Customs House.
  • Ex-gangster Dave Courtney will talk about his life of crime
  • Darts legend Eric Bristow tells tales from the oche
  • Customs House in South Shields hosts Q&A sessions

Two crafty Cockneys will be giving people in South Tyneside an insight into their lives.

Former gangster Dave Courtney and darts legend Eric Bristow will both be at the Customs House theatre, in Mill Dam, South Shields. 

Former gangster Dave Courtney will lift the lid on his underworld days.

Former gangster Dave Courtney will lift the lid on his underworld days.

The events will take place in the form of question-and-answer sessions.

Dave, a retired gangster and author who inspired Vinnie Jones’ character in the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, will talk about his life and crimes, working for The Krays and sharing a prison landing with the notorious criminal Charlie Bronson, from 7.45pm tonight.

He said: “I love the Geordies and I’m look forward to coming to The Customs House. You can’t rehearse my show because it’s all pure Q&A.  People know what I’m about and all I can say is it is informative to people not in that world.

“Gangster is a historical word now and like cowboys and pirates, it’s been and gone, but I do come from that era.”

Gangster is a historical word now, and like cowboys and pirates it’s been and gone, but I do come from that era.

Ex-gangster Dave Courtney

Former world darts champion Bristow – nicknamed the Crafty Cockney – will be on stage on Saturday from 7.45pm.

He said: “The show is me answering questions from the audience. I like it like that, it’s more exciting that way. I have had some great questions which really made me stop and think.

“People are always shy for the first few questions but once they are out of the way, that’s when it gets interesting – and I always tell the truth.

“I commentate on darts for Sky now but I don’t wish that was me up there. I’ve done my bit and I can’t go back in time. Apart from anything else, I could enjoy a pint while playing.”

Customs House executive director Ray Spencer, said: “Both of these guys are real characters for very different reasons, but I’m sure both will give absolutely enthralling talks.”

Tickets for An Evening with Dave Courtney are £10, or £15 for the show and a meet and greet.

Tickets for An Evening with Eric Bristow are £10 for the show or £20 with a meet and greet and photo and signing opportunity.

They are available from The Customs House box office on 454 1234 or by visiting www.customshouse.co.uk.

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