Sunday for Sammy 2014

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Sunday for Sammy 2014

Sunday for Sammy 2014

Posted: 14 Feb 2014

Comic Brendan steals Sammy show

 

By Michael Hamilton

 

Never share the bill with North East comedian Brendan Healy – he is a show-stealer extraordinaire.

 

And so it proved at this year’s Sunday for Sammy (SFS)– that biennial get-together of the region’s showbiz glitterati who put on a variety bash to raise funds to nurture the next generation of performing arts talent.

 

The line-up of stars at Newcastle City Hall was impressive with a cast comprising: Tim Healy, Denise Welch, Kevin Whately, Christopher Fairbank, Brendan Healy, Hebburn writer Jason Cook, Jill and Chelsea Halfpenny, Billy Mitchell, Ray Laidlaw, Charlie Hardwick, Angie Lonsdale, Chris Ramsey, Julia Tobin and Lesley Saint John (from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) Simon Donald (him off the Viz) Ray Stubbs, Steve Womak, Pete Scott, Laura Norton, Peter Peverley, Tom Mitchell, Lorraine Crosby, local TV presenters Jeff Brown and Pam Royle, boxer Glenn McCrory, former Magpies skipper Bob Moncur, Charlie Lawson, Brendan Foster, Scarlett Street, Immy Williams and the Kids from Sage.

 

But Brendan Healy got the longest and loudest laughs as ever with his hammed-up cameo in the traditional Auf Wiedersehen, Pet sketch – penned by the TV show’s original writers Dick Clement and Geordie Ian La Frenais – and his hilarious stand-up routines. The man is a comic genius.

 

Show mastermind Tim Healy was reunited with Denise Welch in the knockabout Pet sketch with his TV co-stars Kevin Whately (Neville) and Christopher Fairbank (Moxy).

 

Tim also paid an emotional tribute to his pal, local actor and SFS supporter Dave Whittaker who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2012 and needs help to pay for continuing therapy.

 

Cracking music came from a tight house band featuring Lindisfarne legends Billy Mitchell and drummer Ray Laidlaw (who also helps put the show together with former Tyne Tees Television director Geoff Wonfor,) John Hedley and Charlie Harcourt on guitar. They kicked off the pair of three-hour sell-out shows with Let’s Have a Party and ended with a medley of Geordie anthems including Jarrow Lad and The Blaydon Races.

 

Tyneside bluesman Ray Stubbs put in a guest performance on vocals and harmonica, and Tim Healy and Lorraine Crosby sang a memorable duet on Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong.

 

The charity concert also featured some of the young performers – including singer/songwriter Immy Williams – who have benefitted from grants awarded from the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund established in the name of the late actor who died suddenly in 1998 at the age of 49.

 

This year’s bash was the eighth biennial show since 2000 when Tim Healy and Jimmy Nail launched the first SFS concert. They have raised more than £200,000 with an additional £50,000 coming from the sale of videos and DVDs. Since the last SFS alone more than £50,000 has been handed out to young hopefuls.

 

* If you would like to donate to the fund please go to www.sundayforsammy.org

 

* This year’s DVD can be ordered now and the previous DVDs from 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 are also available at www.jgwindows.com Tel: 0191 232 1356

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