South Shields panto legends reunited for one-off show

South Shields panto favourites Ray Spencer and Bob Stott are being reunited on the stage.
South Shields panto favourites Ray Spencer and Bob Stott are being reunited on the stage.

Panto pals Ray Spencer and Bob Stott worked together to entertain the people of South Tyneside for almost four decades.

Now, they’re set to reunite on stage after two years apart.

The comedy duo, known to thousands as Dame Dotty and her dopey son Tommy, will be joined by a host of friends to raise cash for the Customs House Trust this week.

The pair will be back together for one day only to perform a sketch show at the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields.

Ray, executive director of the venue, said: “I can’t wait to be back on stage with Bob. We did panto together for 37 years and had such a laugh. Bob is the quickest and sharpest ad-libber I know.

“This show is going to be packed with laughs, fun and a few surprises.

“We’ll be back together for just one day, so make sure you grab your tickets now.”

The show, called Doing It for the House, is on tomorrow at 2.30pm and 7.45pm and will raise funds for the Customs House Trust, which provides art and cultural activities for the people of South Tyneside.

Bob and Ray began their partnership at The Westovians, at the Pier Pavilion Theatre in South Shields, in 1975 and became Dotty and Tommy when Ray began writing summer Tommy the Trumpeter pantomimes in 1990. Bob hung up his panto wig and frock two years ago following a record-breaking run of show Dick Whittington.

Bob added: “I’m looking forward to being back on the Customs House stage. Doing It for the House promises to be lots of Ray and Bob fun and silliness.”

Bob Stott as Dame Dotty and Ray Spencer as Tommy.

Bob Stott as Dame Dotty and Ray Spencer as Tommy.

n Tickets for Ray & Bob & Friends are £15 with a £14 concession and a meal deal is available for £26. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call 0191 454 1234.

I can’t wait to be back on stage with Bob. We did panto together for 37 years and had such a laugh. Bob is the quickest and sharpest ad-libber I know.

Ray Spencer
Ray Spencer and Bob Stott on stage during Bob's final panto performance at the Customs House, South Shields.

Ray Spencer and Bob Stott on stage during Bob's final panto performance at the Customs House, South Shields.

Bob Stott as Dame Dotty and Ray Spencer as Tommy.

Bob Stott as Dame Dotty and Ray Spencer as Tommy.