A famous North East comedian is bringing his last-ever show to South Shields.
Bobby Pattinson is hanging up his hat after more than 60 years in showbusiness.
Although he’s in good health, the comic has decided to give up professional performing at the age of 81.
His final show, An Audience with Bobby Pattinson, is at the Customs House, in Mill Dam, tonight.
The Gateshead-born comic said: “I’m still able to stand up and talk but I just think that young people won’t want to go see an 81-year-old comic.
“I still get a lot of requests for charity concerts and I’m still going to do them and I’ll help out anyone who’d like me to, but I’m not going to do the headline stand-up gigs in theatres anymore.
I’ve had a very good innings – I’ve been a comic for 64 years and I’ve had some great achievements, met some wonderful people and made some great friends, like Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, and Bob Monkhouse was my manager for three years.Bobby Pattinson
“I’ve had a very good innings – I’ve been a comic for 64 years and I’ve had some great achievements, met some wonderful people and made some great friends, like Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, and Bob Monkhouse was my manager for three years.
“I’ve had a very lucky life and I’ll be talking all about it during the show.”
Bobby made his first on-stage appearance at the age of 12 and won a national talent contest at London’s Dominion Theatre at the age of 21, taking home £1,000 – equivalent to about £170,000 today.
Customs House executive director Ray Spencer said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Bobby back at the Customs House and that he has chosen our theatre to bow out on an absolutely fantastic career with what will be an unforgettable evening.”
Tickets for the 7.45pm show cost £18. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 4541234.
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