They were a double act who had the crowds rolling in the aisles in Great Yarmouth in the 1980s and 1990s.

Cannon and Ball were a regular fixture at the town's Britannia Pier, packing the venue with their zany shows famous for the catchphrase "Rock on Tommy".

And now Tommy Cannon will be returning to the town that holds "special memories" for him as he is set to embark on his first solo theatre tour.

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Rock on Tommy will be performed at St George's Theatre on Friday, October 25.

Mr Cannon is ready to take to the stage again - without his much-missed sidekick Bobby Ball, who lost his life to Covid.

He said: “In the early days of Covid I was still performing regularly with Bobby who was my stage partner of 59 years in our special double act Cannon and Ball.

“Sadly, during Covid Bobby passed away and suddenly, I felt extremely vulnerable, desperately low and hugely depressed.

Cannon and Ball even performed at the Royal Variety show Cannon and Ball even performed at the Royal Variety show (Image: Submitted)

"My confidence had gone as I had lost my entertainment soul mate and partner of nearly six decades.

"I just felt lost and sad’’

He credits Robbie Williams for inspiring this new chapter of his career.

He said: "Robbie invited me and my family to his last tour as special guests and when we met up after his show in Manchester, he made me feel so welcome and relevant, in fact during his concert he introduced me to the 22,000 plus crowd and had everyone chanting my name."

"I can’t wait to get started with my solo tour.

"I am so looking forward to getting back to Great Yarmouth, it will always be an area that holds super special memories for me."

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The show at St George’s Theatre on Friday, October 25 starts at 7.30pm. Visit