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Paul Shane

Paul Shane

George Frederick Speight was born on 19 June 1940 in Thrybergh, Rotherham. He died on 16 May 2013 in Rotherham. George worked as a miner by day and an amateur singer and stand-up comedian at nights in the northern clubs until he turned professional in 1974 after an accident at Silverwood Colliery put paid to his years in the mines. His first appearance, as a straight singer, was at the Grafton Pub on St Ann's Road, Rotherham, now demolished , for "Two pints of ale and 20 Park Drive a night". Paul's first club booking was at St Ann's Club in Rotherham, for 30 bob (£1.50), not much, but in wasn't bad for a beginner in those days.

Paul's transformation from singer to comedian was a gradual one, starting with his rendition of Green Green Grass of Home, straight at first, but ultimately a hilarious send up of Tom Jones.

Paul Shane is best remembered as the camp (I mean holiday camp and not Graham Norton camp) comedian Ted Bovis in Hi-de-Hi!

His many other television credits include:–
A Day Out, Keep an Eye on Albert, Summer Season, Vampires, Buses, Sounding Brass, The Old Crowd, Turtles Progress, Muck and Brass, Life for Christine, The Generation Game, Supergran, Very Big Very Soon, Woof!, The Right Result, Chucklevision, Mothers Ruin, Oh! Doctor Beeching, and You Rang M'Lord

More recently:–
Holby City (1999 - 2002) - Stan Ashleigh (season 3 - 4)
Doctors - Bill Joseph - To Have & To Hold (2000), Twist Of Fate (2000), Loose Ends (2000), A Life In The Day (2000) Emmerdale (2005).

Paul continued to act and to entertain at variety theatre in tourist venues such as Blackpool in 2006, and in pantomime in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2008. In 2008, he also guest-starred in an episode of the ITV drama series A Touch of Frost, playing the role of boatsman "Diesel Bob". Full list of his appearances at www.tv.com/people/paul-shane/.

Paul was married to Dory (Dorrie) who died in 2001. He is survived by three daughters and six grandchildren.

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