Memory Lane: Sorry Keith, you’re not the first

Keith Lemon
Keith Lemon

HE’S proving to be a controversial choice for Switch-On celebrity.

But, as Illuminations historian Andrew Hazlehurst points out, the archives clearly show TV comedy creation Keith is not the only Lemon to have brought some celebrity juice to the Lights.

That fruity star of the small screen, Keith Lemon, aka Yorkshire funnyman Leigh Francis, will launch Blackpool Illuminations on Friday night at the end of a live radio broadcast by Real and Smooth, which includes peformances by the likes of James Morrison, Beverley Knight and Pixie Lott.

But look closely at this bang tidy line-up from a 1984 carriageway display, and you will spot an oversized lemon or two among the apples, pears and strawberries, in a theme they called Fruitopia. And not a potato in sight...