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Crooner Des is back in town

PUBLISHED: 10:32 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 06 July 2010

Des O'Connor will be performing in Lowestoft tonight

Des O'Connor will be performing in Lowestoft tonight

HE may be an international star who has sold millions of albums and has countless television appearances behind him, but Des O'Connor will always have a special place in his heart for Lowestoft.

HE may be an international star who has sold millions of albums and has countless television appearances behind him, but Des O'Connor will always have a special place in his heart for Lowestoft.

Tonight, Des will be starring at the Marina Theatre as part of its 21st anniversary celebrations.

As one of Britain's top entertainers, he will be bringing his unique brand of comedy, laughter and music to his adoring fans.

However, when the young Des O'Connor was just starting out in showbusiness, his career very nearly came to an abrupt halt but was helped by people from the Lowestoft area.

“My first summer season in the 1950s was at the Arcadia Theatre, in Lowestoft, and it meant so much for me have such a good booking.

“But after just one week, the closing notices were going to be put up and it looked like the season would be lost,” he recalled.

“The show was called Show of Shows and we set up an appeal Save Our Show, which the people of Lowestoft responded to brilliantly. They offered so much help that the show was able to run for its full 25 weeks and it certainly gave me an important break.

“So Lowestoft does not only have a place in my heart, it has a place in my career, and I am delighted to be coming back to the town,” said Des.

For the past few years Des has worked on television as a host on the Channel 4 daily quiz Countdown and with the award-winning ITV daily celebrity talk show Today with Des and Mel with co-host Melanie Sykes.

“The television work has been great but it has taken up just about all of my time. This is the first year in many a long time I have not been involved in a television series and I am so pleased to be able to get back to appearing live in theatres.

“It is what I enjoy most and the rapport with the audience means

that every show is different and spontaneous,” he said.

“I am also so lucky to be touring with such a great bunch of musicians, so the musical element of the show is very important.

“There are some great new songs and, of course, many old favourites,” said Des.

For many people Des is well-known for being the target of comic duo Morecambe and Wise, but it is a

period of his career he looks back on fondly.

“I owe a big debt to Eric Morecambe. It was all great fun and it certainly did my career no harm at all. In fact, a lot of people have come up to me and said in all seriousness that Eric was wrong and that they thought I was a good singer,” he said.

His album sales and concert appearances testify there are millions of people who are in no doubt about his talent as a singer.

Since 1967, Des has been a hugely successful recording star, producing 36 albums with sales of more than 16 million. He has also spent 117 weeks in the top 10 charts.

The Lowestoft audience can look forward to an evening full of fun, laughter, music and, perhaps, a few memories of the time a young Des O'Connor began on the road to stardom in the town.

There are just a few tickets available for tonight's show. For more details call the Marina Theatre box office on 01502 533200.

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