BOBBY DAVRO and his star-studded line-up wowed the crowds who packed into Woking’s New Victoria Theatre on Sunday night for a showbiz bonanza.
The Gala Spectacular, held to raise funds for Woking Hospice, was once again a resounding sell-out success. Famous face, popular Eastenders star and heart-throb Shane Ritchie delighted the audience with his stand-up routine and singing, while West End theatre celebrity Lee Mead left them spellbound with his perfect performance of Bring him Home from the musical Les Miserables.
Stand-up comedian Hal Cruttenden – who recently appeared on TV’s newly revived Live at the Palladium, comedy panel show Mock the Week, Celebrity Mastermind, and the final episode of The Great British Bake-Off: An Extra Slice with Jo Brand – entertained the audience in his inimitable style and camp comedic demeanour.
Bobby effortlessly compered the show with a witty repertoire and impressions that kept the audience laughing throughout the evening.
Award-winning comedian Tom Binns’ portrayal of hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury was another highlight and had everyone in stitches, and singer Zoe Birkett and number-one ventriloquist Paul Zerdin also captivated the crowds.
Paul, who is in a league of his own as the UK’s most accomplished ventriloquist, impressed the audience with the rich canvas he creates from his faultless honed skills.
Then, rolling back the years, performances from the UK’s biggest selling singles artist in the Eighties, Shakin’ Stevens, and 1981’s Eurovision Song Contest winners Bucks Fizz, brought everyone’s memories flooding back. The talented professional band Rollercoaster UK accompanied the acts throughout the gala, playing all genres of music.
The show was sponsored by Hospice Patron Peter Jordan, who announced that the evening raised close to £30,000.
Hospice CEO Nigel Harding paid tribute to Bobby Davro, Peter Jordan and all the acts who had given up their time for free and performed so brilliantly.
He said: “I’ve been so impressed with the whole evening. Thank you to everyone who attended.
“By supporting hospice care, you can be assured that many people who are at their most vulnerable are being supported and cared for. Events like this are vital in raising awareness as well as providing a great evening out.”