Memories of Paul Daniels in Great Yarmouth, in his own words

Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Maurice Gray

Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Maurice Gray - Credit: Maurice Gray

Entertainer Paul Daniels has died with wife Debbie McGee by his side after losing his fight with cancer.

The 77-year-old was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February and had chosen to spend his final days with his family at his Berkshire home with family.

Throughout his career Mr Daniels made numerous trips to Yarmouth and it was the place he met his wife, Debbie.

His wife of 28 years, thanked well-wishers for their support since the magician fell at home and was rushed to hospital, suspected of having suffered a stroke. It was then that the tumour was discovered.

He described a magic show at Great Yarmouth's Britannia Theatre in September 2010 as one the best he had ever been on.

At the time, he said: 'It is such a good place. Of course 33 and a half years ago it was where me and Debbie first met. And my family holidays used to be on the Broads. We live on a river now, probably influenced by that.

'It was a great audience yesterday. I think Yarmouth is very good, I just wish they had a venue which could combine more stuff, so the convention goers could move around inside it, because a lot of them are quite old.

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'But overall I just love Yarmouth.'

Wife Debbie said after the trip in 2012: 'I have had a lovely time, really enjoyed the show last night. Yarmouth has a special place in my heart.

'This is the first time we have been back and done a show for many years.

'Yarmouth has been an excellent host and the town has improved so much since I was last here.

'I have a brother who has such good childhood memories of Yarmouth, that he brings his children back here every year for a holiday.'

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