Sunday, 8 March 2009

Bobby Pattinson & Friends- The Customs House, South Shields

Bobby Pattinson & Friends
Reviewer: Ian Cain

Evergreen entertainer Bobby Pattinson is known throughout North East England as The Godfather of Geordie Comedy, and last night he proved to the capacity crowd at The Customs House that the title is justified.

His particular style of comedy is the sort that was synonymous with the working men’s clubs throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s but is, sadly, in decline nowadays. The silver-haired, sharp-witted septogenarian had the audience in hysterics right from the start with his astute observations of life in the North East.

Bobby also introduced the audience to a talented trio of performers, Dave Black, Paul Squire and Alfie Joey.

Black, a singer and guitarist, had the audience singing along to Mr Dream Seller by local group, Lindisfarne, as well as Fields of Gold, Abracadabra, Summer of ’69, Lying in the Arms of Mary and Rockin’ All Over The World.

Paul Squire presented a mix of comedy, impressions and music. His impersonation of Saddam Hussein transformed into Frank Spencer then Kenneth Williams seemingly without effort. He also proved that he could sell a song with his version of The Wind Beneath My Wings.

Comedian and local radio presenter Alfie Joey was terrific and went down a storm. He, too, interspersed comedy with impersonations and his take on Bruce Forsyth was a highlight. However, his musings on the possibility of ‘Bush & Blair: The Musical’ raised the rafters.

Dance troupe The Dolly Rockers performed a routine to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and concluded the evening with a burlesque arrangement that included The Can Can.

What should also be mentioned is the fact, as well as sheer entertainment, Bobby Pattinson’s shows raise many thousands of pounds in aid of The Variety Club. This local legend may have a razor-sharp wit but he has a heart of gold, too.
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