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'He left you in hysterics' - Tributes paid to much-loved Chuckle brother Barry

By Marion Brennan | Entertainment | Published:

Celebrity fans and theatres across the Midlands have spoken of their sadness at the death of much-loved entertainer Barry Chuckle aged 73.

The brothers backed the E&S Toy Appeal in 2015

The Wolverhampton Grand was among those to pay tribute to the comic who appeared at the theatre with brother Paul in Peter Pan three years ago.

A theatre spokesman said they were ‘terribly sad’ to hear the news.

The Chuckle Brothers talk to Kirsty Bosley during their visit to the Express & Star

The Birmingham Hippodrome, where the pair also appeared, said they were ‘devastated’, describing the slapstick star as a ‘brilliantly funny and lovely man who will be really missed’.

The Chuckle uncles Paul and Barry and dancers ahead of The Twelve Days of Christmas at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre

Walsall-born Mark Rhodes and his TV presenter partner Sam Nixon, were among the first to pay tribute to one of their showbusiness heroes saying: “So sad to hear the news that Barry Chuckle has passed away.

“If we have half the longevity these guys have had we will be very proud.”

Comedian David Walliams said: “I was lucky to work with the Chuckle Brothers many times over the past 20 years.

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"I never got over being completely starstruck at seeing them, but always found them to be generous, kind and most of all funny.

Barry had funny bones. He could have you in hysterics with just a look.”

The Chuckle Brothers tease Wolves reporter Tim Spiers during a visit to Express & Star office

Comedians Paddy McGuinness and Jack Whitehall both told how the Chuckle Brothers were their childhood favourites while Tommy Cannon, of duo Cannon and Ball, called Barry an ‘absolute legend.’

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Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall posted: “God to Barry chuckle, too me Barry to you. What a lovely end.”

Barry and Paul recently recorded Chuckle Time for Channel 5 which manager Phil Dale had likened to the ‘wonderful days’ of filming ChuckleVision.

He said yesterday: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.

The Chuckle Brothers with Matthew Kelly starring in Mother Goose at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

“The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of The Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel.”

As well as panto appearances at the Wolverhampton theatre, the brothers also staged such children’s shows as Doctor What and the Return of the Garlicks in 2006. In 1996 they caused mayhem at RAF Cosford’s Aerospace Museum, when the brothers filmed an episode of their BBC series there. They also popped in to the Dudley Show at Himley Hall in 1998.

While in Peter Pan, the Chuckle Brothers visited the Express & Star to support our Christmas Toy Appeal.

The Chuckle Brothers back the Express & Star's Christmas Toy Appeal

Deputy editor Diane Davies said: “They were very supportive and did a video appeal urging people to give toys for children in hospital and the local charities we were supporting.

The Chuckle Brothers with Linda Lusardi in Snow White

“And they certainly caused a stir in the office, visiting virtually every desk and posing for countless selfies. Although being Rotherham United fans they gave Wolves reporter Tim Spiers a bit of stick.

“Nothing was too much trouble for them and both Barry and Paul were genuine, lovely, down-to-earth and naturally funny people. Barry will be missed by so many people of different generations.”

Marion Brennan

By Marion Brennan
@Marion_EStar

News and features reporter, specialising in human interest and local history stories.

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