Lynda Bellingham and the cast of Calendar Girls have been immortalised as this year’s featured names on the Roll of Honour in Blackpool Winter Gardens.
“It was such a thrill to see my name up there along with the show,” said the actress famous for being the “Oxo mum” for 16 years and a regular member of the Loose Women team. “I mean there’s some amazing people on that board, some real legends, so to be up there with them made us all really chuffed.
“The first thing I did was have my picture taken alongside it for my collection.”
She also admits that it made her feel nostalgic for the “good old days” of light entertainment and variety.
“I remember seeing such stars as Frankie Vaughan and Tommy Steele in places like Worthing when I was growing up,” said Lynda. “Those, indeed, were the days.”
As for last week’s visit to Blackpool with hit show Calendar Girls, Lynda says the whole cast “thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”
“I hadn’t realised how lovely the surrounding area to Blackpool is,” she says. “We were staying at Ribby Hall and it was marvellous - the best of both worlds. Just a few minutes from bustling Blackpool yet so close to the countryside.”
Whilst here she and her husband Michael Pattemore checked out the Sands Venue on Central Promenade, which he used to own when it opened as The Palace Nightclub, then one of the biggest in the country.
“It’s certainly changed a lot but then so has a lot of Blackpool,” she said. “It was interesting to see and although Michael couldn’t stay in town long because of business commitments he enjoyed visiting a few of his former favourite haunts.”
As for the Opera House run she says because of the size of the venue it was tough on the cast’s voices but “enormous fun.”
“The audiences were lovely and the staff there were lovely,” she said. “It was a great week and we all had a great time.”