Category: Celebrity Stuff


…or lack of it. I mean really, is a few weeks of sun too much to ask for?

Luckily, while the world was watching and London hosted the Olympics, we did get some great weather and our country was shown off to the world as one full of heritage, passion and a transport system not quite a creaky as people made out.

Sam and I got tickets for the Football Semi Finals at Wembley, which was great fun and we saw the eventual winners Mexico beat Japan.

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The following day, we took a trip to Stratford to soak up the atmosphere of the Olympic Park. Even though we didn’t have tickets, it was great being there. The Westfield mall is massive and was full of athletes topping up with the odd Starbucks. Highlight of the day though was meeting Canadian Men’s 8 Rowing silver medallist Will Crothers and his missus, rower Patricia Obee, on the DLR (of all places!) They were charming, looking forward to their week sightseeing, and happily had a photo taken with me…

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So as the Olympics all finished and attention turned to the upcoming Paralympics, we had some family business to attend to, namely my sister Beki’s wedding to the lovely Steve, in an exceptionally sunny Henley On Thames. It was a wonderful day, small and intimate with a fantastic meal at the Hotel Du Vin afterwards. I was not only the chief photographer but also DJ (well, sorted out a playlist on the old iPod!). My favourite photo is below but if you click on our ‘latest photos’ link on the right, you can see the whole set. Congrats to Sis and Bruv in Law, we hope you have a loving and content rest of your life 🙂

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…and a quick note about Dad – thank you for all your lovely comments on my post below and sharing all the memories you had at the funeral. It was a great send off, he would have been proud!

Today is a sad day. Mr Les Want, singer, dancer, raconteur, philanderer, and my father, passed away.

Ever since he’d had to stop singing professionally due to ill health, he’d never recaptured the spirit that had kept him almost permanently in showbusiness for 66 years. A release perhaps and certainly not entirely unexpected, but boy does it stab you in the heart when it happens.

Dad meant a lot to different people. The brother that ran off at 14 to join the theatre, the husband who couldn’t resist a leggy blonde out of wedlock, the Dad who wasn’t quite the Dad he should be. Or the ‘turn’, singing and dancing his way around the world and nearly, very nearly, ‘making it’.

It’s been therapeutic to dig out some old photos and I have a feeling Beki (my Sister) and I will make his funeral more of a celebration of his achievements than a register of his failings. So here are some funny and lovely photos of him. Please people stay close to your folks. They may be distant and complete ratbags but they made you. I love you Dad, silly old sod.

Les Want in The Ken Tones

The Ken Tones in the 1950s – Dad second from the right

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In his heyday!

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In the late 70s – you can see where I get my sense of fashion from.

Les and John Want

A professional shot. Check my cords and collar!

Les Want live in Great Yarmouth!

Another summer, another tour.

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What he lived for – singing for his supper.

Les Want in Some Like It Hot

Nearly made it – in the West End with Some Like It Hot.

Les Want with his children, John and Beki

Me and my sister with our Dad.

This is Marcus, Ieuan’s new friend. After meeting Keith Harris and Orville, Ieuan went away and bought his own puppet and has been practising his ventriloquism ever since. We also loved the new Muppets film so put the two together and what do you get? Hold onto your hats, this is Ieuan at his maddest and best!

Genius. Family panto in Plymouth this year was Cinderella, with Julian Cleary as Dandini and Keith Harris as Buttons. For those of you unfamiliar with either, Julian’s huge double entendres (one involving a tramp in the woods) divided the audience, thankfully our clan found it hilarious. Keith has been entertaining families with his friends Orville and Cuddles since the late 70’s.

Rather randomly, I’d met Keith when I was 4 as he was in a Minstrel summer season with my Dad. Bournemouth in 1979 I think, although it could have been Scarborough!

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So I popped a note in the post to Keith to see if he’d be willing to meet me and the family. The nice nice man he is, had a text a few days later inviting us down. Had 20 minutes in the dressing room, a private audience with Orville and then saw the panto. Brilliant afternoon, Keith stole the show with Cuddles, who kept going on about tits, and Niclas and Ieuan loved meeting him before. Cue lots of photos on Facebook and a few jealous friends!

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Keith Harris. Still a very very funny family entertainer and a bloody nice man!