~ Llewellyn for Fun ~
DAD 2 OF 5
For most of his life Dad worked full time for British Rail in the workshops at Darlington and Shildon. He was a strong union man and once was a labour councillor. He was a bit of an eccentric, like his father before him, forever building weird and wonderful things in his workshop at the bottom of the garden. Also, like his father and his brother, in his spare time was an all round entertainer. He played the double bass, ukulele, drums and one string violin. He performed comedy magic, did mind reading with mother and was a well known stand up comedian. He once topped the bill at the Sunderland Empire over Tommy Cooper and Bobby Thompson. He gave up the stage in 1953 to do Punch and Judy starting with street parties to celebrate the Queens Coronation.
Dad (the bass player) late 1930's
Comedy magic with beautiful assistant 1940's
Various stand-up comedy acts
In the Army sketch Dad was famous for putting the theatre lights out as if there was a black out during the war then coming on stage with a light in his glass eye. Apparently women would faint at this spectacle.
The Mirror act
with Dale Kelly