Keith’s Skye in appeal to have phone returned

Keith Harris and Orville''Undated handout photo issued by Robert C Kelly of ventriloquist Keith Harris, famous for his act with his puppet duck Orville, who has died today aged 67, his agent said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 28, 2015. See PA story DEATH Harris. Photo credit should read: Robert C Kelly/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Keith Harris and Orville''Undated handout photo issued by Robert C Kelly of ventriloquist Keith Harris, famous for his act with his puppet duck Orville, who has died today aged 67, his agent said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 28, 2015. See PA story DEATH Harris. Photo credit should read: Robert C Kelly/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
  • Eldest daughter of late Keith Harris visited the Fylde coast to see his grave this week.
  • But she had her phone, storing cherished photos of her father, stolen in a Blackpool park, she said.
  • Now friends are appealing for the phone to be returned.
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The daughter of the late entertainer Keith Harris has made an emotional appeal for information after her mobile phone - containing “precious memories” – went missing in Blackpool.

Skye Taynton, Mr Harris’s eldest daughter, was visiting family and friends on the Fylde coast on Tuesday, to visit her father’s grave and spend “special” time with loved ones.

Late entertainer Keith Harris with his eldest daughter, Skye

Late entertainer Keith Harris with his eldest daughter, Skye

The ventiloquist died earlier this year after a battle with cancer, leaving Skye and second wife Sarah, mother of his youngest children, teenagers Kitty and Shenton.

But while taking her four-year-old daughter, Summer, on the play park at Stanley Park the 29-year-old’s phone, a white iPhone 4S, is believed to have been stolen from her handbag.

Family friend Brian Nolan, whose wife Ann is Skye’s godmother, said they were desperate to be able to get back the data on the phone, which included photos and videos of her father as well as messages shared before his death.

He said: “It’s not the phone but the irreplaceable material on there that she wants to get back. Skye had come up to visit her father’s grave and spend some special time with family.

“She took Summer to the park and put her bag down, when she came back to it her phone was gone.

“This might be a long shot but Skye is just heartbroken.”

Mr Nolan said the mother had hoped to be able to pass on photos and videos to Summer and two-year-old Theo.

Mr Nolan said: “It’s been hard for Skye. She was close to her dad and they spent a lot of time together when he was ill and she felt a lot closer to him.

“That’s when she’s accumulated these photos, to pass on to her children.”

Entertainer Keith Harris died on April 28 this year, aged 67.

The ventriloquist rose to fame as a young man and enjoyed a career spanning five decades, with a BBC One prime time slot on Saturday nights in the 80s, The Keith Harris Show.

He had been given the all clear from cancer of the spleen in 2014, having had the organ removed, but was taken ill again in January – just weeks after his return to the stage with Orville and Cuddles for three shows at Blackpool’s Sands Venue in December.

Mrs Taynton’s grandmother, former Blackpool mayor Betty Crichton, has contacted park officers and the police to report the theft.

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