Des O'Connor, King's Lynn

ALISON CROOSE He doesn't need the hi-tech cushion of television studios, nor the prestige value of interviewing famous guests.

ALISON CROOSE

He doesn't need the hi-tech cushion of television studios, nor the prestige value of interviewing famous guests.

The man who has weathered endless jibes about his singing proved himself a real trouper on his first visit to West Norfolk.

The ever-urbane Des was confident enough of his own variety theatre know-how to tell the audience that the true test of any performer is to appear “live” - and he passed that test with flying colours.

He began his appearance with a “warm-up” in the style of a television show and struck up an immediate rapport with his audience. Then the show moved into top gear and we witnessed the emergence of the real showbiz personality.

Des issued a warning: “Lock the doors. I'm going to sing.” But despite the legendary gags with which Morecombe and Wise enhanced Des O'Connor's fame, the singer proved he really can deliver a song.

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His tributes to Buddy Holly, Fred Astaire and Elvis were sufficient proof - and the musical talents of the Ray Monk Sound added to the enjoyment.

More than that, dapper Des proved himself an all-round entertainer punctuating his singing by reeling off some of his favourite jokes. The audience at the Corn Exchange loved him.

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