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TOUR OF THE MONTH

The Great London Ghost Tour
The Great London Ghost Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th October 2003 Singer Amy Winehouses's debut album Frank released.

20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.go to related location

20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.

20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)

20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.go to related location

20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times

20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

Cooper always won them over



Cooper always won them over

Tommy's tricky five minutes that were just a little 'sticky'

Location: Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JD

Description: 'Tommy Cooper' once told his daughter that 'you don't know real fear until you've stood in the wings night after night...'

And this coming from a great performer who always felt and looked at ease whatever he did.

Hard as it is to believe, there was one occasion towards the end of Tommy's career when he went five minutes before raising a decent laugh! And where could this have taken place...well the location was here at the 'Walthamstow Assembly Room'.

Peter Hudson had done a warm-up slot ahead of him and 'died the death'! As he came off Tommy asked what they were like...'A bit sticky' Peter replied.

As the silence persisted in Cooper's own act, he walked towards Hudson in the wings and whispered 'Is it time to come off yet?'

He then ambled back to the centre and for Peter's benefit muttered - with the trademark shrug that did service to a thousand words - 'Sticky?'

He bought them round in the end...never taking an audience for granted.

'Sticky'.... classic!

Tagged in this Tour: Tommy Cooper's London

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Credits: Tommy Cooper - Always Leave Them Laughing

Cooper always won them over

Tommy's tricky five minutes that were just a little 'sticky'


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