Charity show delay

Duncan Norvelle
Duncan Norvelle

A second edition of the usually annual fund-raising All Hand’s On Deck show is being staged at Blackpool Grand Theatre in support of comedian Duncan Norvelle and The Stroke Association.

Originally planned to take place next Monday, October 8, the show has now been postponed until Wednesday November 14 to enable Duncan to attend in person.

The popular comedian and impressionist was set to support Cannon and Ball in this year’s Grand Theatre summer season, but suffered a major stroke at Easter and was told by doctor’s to take a year’s break from performing.

He is currently still in rehabilitation, but is set to leave hospital on October 9 and hopes he will be in the auditorium watching the star-studded show being staged in his honour.

The show, hosted by local comedian and producer Tony Jo, will star Roy Walker, Sid Little, Billy Hunter, Johnnie Casson, Leye D Johns, Murray Gee Mac, Nicole Talmer, Vicky La Plume, Jimmy Nairn, Buddy Lee, Ricky Tomlinson and other acts yet to be confirmed.

Two young groups of starlets from Britain’s Got Talent will also be appearing in the show – girl group Be Minor and boy band Re-connected.

Managing director of HRH Entertainments and producer of All Hands On Deck Tony Jo said: “It’s astounding to see so many stars expressed an interest in supporting this cause. “There would have been many more artists on the bill such as Joe Longthorne, Mick Miller, Bradley Walsh and Cannon and Ball, but due to previous commitments they are unable to perform on the night.

“The show aims to highlight the support needed for people suffering from strokes and to raise money for this worthy cause.”

Tickets from £15 are available from or the box office on (01253) 743339.