ONCE known affectionately as “Parrot Face”, Brixton-born, bowler-hatted comedian Freddie Davies now runs the Sheep Shop in Pitlochry, Scotland, selling wool, knitting needles and Shaun The Sheep memorabilia.
Freddie, known for his gags about parrots, got his big break on Opportunity Knocks in the mid-1960s, but before that he had worked for Butlins, where he started as a bingo caller and ended up as entertainments manager at the company’s Metropole Hotel, near Talbot Square.
Freddie became a Blackpool resident, living in Warbreck Hill Road, North Shore, and as his fame grew he starred in almost all the top-rating TV variety programmes – including three appearances on Sunday Night At The London Palladium–- and, closer to home, Blackpool Night Out, staged in the ABC.
He appeared with The Bachelors at the ABC’s 1966 summer season show, and two years later even had his own radio series, The Golden Parrot Club. This was recorded at the Jubilee Theatre (on the top floor of the Co-operative Emporium, where Debenhams now stands) during his summer show run at the Queens Theatre in 1968.
The funnyman was in the Grand Theatre’s 1982 pantomime Cinderella, and had a revival in his fortunes after a starring role in Peter Chelsom’s 1995 cult comedy film Funnybones, which was set in Blackpool.
The following year, he returned to the resort for three shows at the Royal Pavilion, under the banner An Evening With Freddie Davies: A Life in Comedy, and in 1997 topped the bill in The Good Old Days at Fleetwood Marine Hall.