Freddie Starr in Blackburn no-show riddle

Freddie Starr

Freddie Starr

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by

HUNDREDS of angry fans were left fuming after comedian Freddie Starr failed to turn up for his Blackburn show on Saturday night.

It was just a day after Starr publicly denied claims that he groped a 14-year-old girl in Jimmy Savile’s dressing room. Five media organisations over-turned a high court injunction brought by him to ban the pub-lication of the allegations.

Despite taking to the stage at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Friday night, during which he cracked a joke about the Jimmy Savile scandal and called claims against him ‘lies’, he didn’t show up at King George’s Hall.

Organisers were given no indication that he wouldn’t appear and have been unable to contact him or his management for an explanation.

Around 250 £20 tickets had been sold for the event on Saturday evening and many of the audience were in their seats when they were asked to go home. Security, box office and bar staff were all in place.

Organisers at King George’s made several attempts to contact the 59-year-old entertainer throughout Saturday but received no response.

The show was part of a tour following Mr Starr’s stint on hit ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

A spokesman for King George's Hall said concerns were first raised when a production company hired by Mr Starr for sound and lighting failed to show at 2pm.

Repeated calls to the firm and to Mr Starr’s company PK Celeb Ents were made but not answered throughout the afternoon.

Two of Freddie's 'biggest fans' were women in wheelchairs who had been outside waiting with flowers from early afternoon.

They were spotted by Blakey's bar staff who invited them inside to wait when they opened at 5pm.

A spokesman said: “The sandwiches and hot drinks were ready for the production crew at 2pm, so from 2.30pm we were on the phone trying to get hold of someone.

“We hoped that Freddie would show as often entertainers can be very late and we couldn't cancel prematurely.

“At 6.30pm, that was the minimum amount of time for costume and makeup so we made the announcement then.

“If we had been given some idea the show was off we could have avoided bringing all the staff in and having customers come inside only to be disappointed.”

David and Irene Moss, from Burnley, said the lack of communication from Starr was disappointing.

Irene said: “It would have been decent of him to get in touch. We have paid £20 a head to be here and it’s a great let down.”

Another couple, Rita and George Firth travelled from Nelson.

George said: “We have seen Freddie before and he puts on a brilliant show. Obviously we’ve heard about the allegations in the papers but if he’s not guilty then he should have been here.”

Staff at the venue were just as bemused as the audience after Mr Starr’s no-show.

One worker, who didn’t want to be named, said: “People have travelled from as far away as the North-East and Anglesey for this gig.

“They have spent money on transport and hotel rooms and it’s pathetic that he’s cancelled without notice.”

The venue was offering refunds and alternative events to disgruntled customers.

The show was billed as: "Madcap legend Freddie Starr is back from Australia and will be thrilling audiences during the spring and autumn of 2012 with his BACK FROM THE JUNGLE TOUR, as he takes his hilarious new show to some of his favourite theatres.”

The Lancashire Telegraph tried several times to contact Mr Starr and his representatives yesterday without success.

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3:51pm Mon 8 Oct 12

vanmanstan says...

he is well past the sell by date.
he is well past the sell by date. vanmanstan
  • Score: 5

4:14pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Elsie C says...

He is indeed, should have given up gracefully.
He is indeed, should have given up gracefully. Elsie C
  • Score: 5

4:50pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Carl_24 says...

It's no surprise because he's done things like this in the past.

I doubt King Georges Hall will ever book him again.
It's no surprise because he's done things like this in the past. I doubt King Georges Hall will ever book him again. Carl_24
  • Score: 4

6:55pm Mon 8 Oct 12

dougsie says...

dont blame him who in there right mind would ever want to come and perform in what is a second and run down venue.and a town that is on its last legs
dont blame him who in there right mind would ever want to come and perform in what is a second and run down venue.and a town that is on its last legs dougsie
  • Score: -6

6:57pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Chris P Bacon says...

dougsie wrote:
dont blame him who in there right mind would ever want to come and perform in what is a second and run down venue.and a town that is on its last legs
Me, I'd go and see him. Mind you, I had baked a pie containing all my unwanted hamsters and would have loved seeing Freddie eat it.
[quote][p][bold]dougsie[/bold] wrote: dont blame him who in there right mind would ever want to come and perform in what is a second and run down venue.and a town that is on its last legs[/p][/quote]Me, I'd go and see him. Mind you, I had baked a pie containing all my unwanted hamsters and would have loved seeing Freddie eat it. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 3

8:14am Tue 9 Oct 12

Bat E Karen says...

It seems he's had other things on his mind

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2214785/Freddie-Star
r-forced-admit-mista
ken-TV-footage-unear
thed-1974.html
It seems he's had other things on his mind http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2214785/Freddie-Star r-forced-admit-mista ken-TV-footage-unear thed-1974.html Bat E Karen
  • Score: 1

1:27pm Tue 9 Oct 12

makaveli96 says...

Id of thought entering King Geroges Hall would of suited him?
Id of thought entering King Geroges Hall would of suited him? makaveli96
  • Score: 0

2:48pm Tue 9 Oct 12

turd moor says...

he denied it today but he must have a guilty conscience
he denied it today but he must have a guilty conscience turd moor
  • Score: 1

2:56pm Tue 9 Oct 12

kazz123 says...

You didn't miss much -We saw him in Hull ,and he was rubbish !He made an awful comment about a guy who heckled him which made the whole audience gasp.
You didn't miss much -We saw him in Hull ,and he was rubbish !He made an awful comment about a guy who heckled him which made the whole audience gasp. kazz123
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Tue 9 Oct 12

YNWAJFT96 says...

Sadly another case of a Superstar letting down the people who pay his wages. He probably doesn't need the money but the bad publicity will surely kick him where it hurts. KGH should not deal with his agent in future. No decency from them or him.
Sadly another case of a Superstar letting down the people who pay his wages. He probably doesn't need the money but the bad publicity will surely kick him where it hurts. KGH should not deal with his agent in future. No decency from them or him. YNWAJFT96
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Tue 9 Oct 12

2 for 5p says...

He is a very poor comedian almost as bad as Tommy cooper
He is a very poor comedian almost as bad as Tommy cooper 2 for 5p
  • Score: -1

6:30pm Tue 9 Oct 12

James331 says...

We went to see this tour in Chesterfield in april, and though much of his physical comedy is lacking (can't blame the man, he had a quadruple heart bypass) hes still a funny comedian and put on a great show with his fiancee and support act. Everyone gets old, and its nice to see he's still prepared to put on a show. The reason he didn't show for this gig was because he is currently suffering heart palpatations caused by all these **** claims against him! In think id be quite shocked if someone suddenly came out of the dark and claimed i was a paedophile! Leave the man alone! That woman has made a claim just because all this saville stuff has come to light and freddie happened to be on the same show. Of course he doesn't remember her, she was only in the audience. If i met him tomorrow i doubt hed remember seeing me at his show! Let The Man Be!
We went to see this tour in Chesterfield in april, and though much of his physical comedy is lacking (can't blame the man, he had a quadruple heart bypass) hes still a funny comedian and put on a great show with his fiancee and support act. Everyone gets old, and its nice to see he's still prepared to put on a show. The reason he didn't show for this gig was because he is currently suffering heart palpatations caused by all these **** claims against him! In think id be quite shocked if someone suddenly came out of the dark and claimed i was a paedophile! Leave the man alone! That woman has made a claim just because all this saville stuff has come to light and freddie happened to be on the same show. Of course he doesn't remember her, she was only in the audience. If i met him tomorrow i doubt hed remember seeing me at his show! Let The Man Be! James331
  • Score: -3

10:23pm Tue 9 Oct 12

stefjam says...

hahahahahahahahha 250 people paid £20 hahahahahahahahahaha madness !!!!
hahahahahahahahha 250 people paid £20 hahahahahahahahahaha madness !!!! stefjam
  • Score: 2

9:26am Wed 10 Oct 12

buzzinfly says...

The show must go on.
The show must go on. buzzinfly
  • Score: 0

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