Look forward to double chuckles in Devizes

This Is Wiltshire: Jim Davidson Jim Davidson

Comedian Jim Davidson is to return to the Devizes area next month, two years after he wowed a full house at the Corn Exchange.

This time Mr Davidson will share the bill with another comedy legend, Bobby Davro, at the comedy night at Dauntsey’s School Memorial Hall on Friday, October 26.

Although it is being organised by Bishops Cannings Cricket Club, the proceeds, which could amount to more than £10,000, will be shared between the British Forces Foundation and Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal. Mr Davidson is the founder and patron of the British Forces Foundation, which organises entertainment for troops serving abroad.

Ed Davies, chairman of the cricket club, said: “When we first planned the evening we were still raising money to build our new pavilion. Well, that’s up now and we have raised all the money we need for it so we are making this event for other charities.”

Mr Davidson starred in the first Devizes International Comedy and Ukulele Festival in 2010, organised by Mark Cann, who is also chief executive of the British Forces Foundation.

Mr Davidson said he loved performing in Devizes. He told the Gazette in 2010: “I would love to come back to Devizes next year. In fact, I would be really upset if I wasn’t invited.”

But Mr Cann decided that the Devizes festival should be about up-and-coming comedy talent so he has not been invited to perform again.

However, those who delighted in his outrageous humour when he played at the Corn Exchange will now have the chance to see him again.

It is thought it is Mr Davro’s first visit to the Devizes area. He sprang to fame in the 1980s in the hit TV show Who Do You Do?, impersonating a string of politicians and celebrities, and then was given his own shows Bobby Davro on the Box and Bobby Davro’s TV Annual.

Tickets, £25 a head, are available by calling (01380) 820003 or through www.professionalbooks.co.uk. The tickets can then be collected from Devizes Books.

The bar will be open from 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.

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