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Suffolk star Roy Hudd was a 'legend of a performer'

Comedian and actor Roy Hudd who lived near Stowmarket has died aged 83.

Mr Hudd hosted BBC Radio 2's The News Huddlines, starred in Coronation Street and was a supporter of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

In 2018, he appeared in the theatre's popular production of Goodnight Mister Tom.

Roy Hudd as Tom Oakley in Goodnight Mister Tom
Roy Hudd as Tom Oakley in Goodnight Mister Tom

He passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15.

A Theatre Royal spokesman said: "Everyone at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is deeply saddened by the news that Roy Hudd has passed away.

"He was a huge advocate for the theatre, performing in many shows here over the years including his own show Roy Hudd’s Very Own Music Hall; as host for A Right Royal Revue and of course his wonderful performance in the title role in 2018’s Goodnight Mister Tom.

"A true legend of a performer and a shining example of kind heartedness, we will all miss him terribly. We send our thoughts and sympathies to his wife Debbie and the rest of his family."

Roy Hudd
Roy Hudd

In a tweet, comedian Rory Bremner said: "The lovely Roy Hudd embodied a whole strand of the DNA of British comedy, from music hall and variety to pantomime and stand-up.

"A living museum, full of joy, humour and enthusiasm.

"A great life and a great loss."

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