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!